Participants have taught us getting off the street is not just about changing where you sleep.


“To get off the streets is a struggle for everyone in their own way.
My thinking has changed a lot, I have no clue anymore who I was before.
I am slowly healing in a lot of different ways
I learned with life you gotta roll with the punches
I am struggling with a lot in life
Love life, stay strong, stay clean and don’t beat yourself up for a simple mistake.”

– A Participant – Summer 2014

“My plan for the next month or two is to work as much as I can, pay on what bill I owe and then start saving up to move out on my own. But first I need to save up for the things I need for myself like, for example, I need a new cell phone so I have a call back number for other jobs I may have applied for and maybe a bus pass to get around, to go to work and home, plus stuff I need for work. After I’m all paid up on the things I owe on and need, than I can start saving up and looking for a place to rent or even start looking for a room mate.”

– A Participant – Summer 2014

“The changes I have made to gain stability and move forward. Well, first off I stopped being lazy and got myself a job, secondly I got a place to live. How long I don’t know, as long as I’m working I can keep my rent paid. Now the trick is how to keep doing what I’m doing without messing up. I guess it all starts with yourself recreationally/socially. However you look at it you can have fun but know when to draw the line because you don’t wanna leave yourself short especially if you have more than one type of responsibility. So when you go out and party ask yourself “is this partying for one night worth not having a place?” and I’m going to leave it at that.”

– A Participant – Summer 2014

“I finally got a job. Even though it’s just Tim Hortons it will keep my mind off of drinking an hanging around the wrong people. People would ask me what I do all day. You know what the sad thing is? I couldn’t even give them an answer. I can finally do something productive with my days and finally start saving to get my own place.”

– A Participant – Spring 2014

“To get off the streets I think it takes positive supports, sober mindframe and employment. To explore the options and programs that are available to you to get off the streets, to learn from your mistakes to become a better person.”

– A Participant – Spring 2014

“Next month will be 2 years that I have been coming to the Doorway. When I first started coming I was living at the mustard seed and I was struggling with addictions and I was just lost in life. Over the last two years I’ve learned a lot about myself and have come a long way from where I used to be. Not where I want to be but closer than I was. Doorway has helped me learn how to actually follow thru with the goals, by writing them down on paper and following up with them, even tho I haven’t met all my goals I’ve made for myself I still always have them in thought. Doorway always is a nice quiet place to come and plan goals or even if I just need someone to talk. You ladies are all awesome and amazing people and I just want to say thanks for always listening and never judging. Some days I may have barely little to say and some days a lot but it’s always nice to have someone to listen. Thank you for all your kind words and advice and I will miss you all when my Doorway time is up. you guys rock!”

– A Participant – Spring 2014

“Look at Me Now
You missed good times, bad times; memories I’ll never forget. You dug your grave, made the call.
In life there are no do overs.
One must pick up or continue to stay lost.
We’re moving ahead in life.
You can’t even see how far I’ve come because you’re so far behind choking on my dust.
While others try to hold me down and shake my confidence I push harder.
I remain focused.
He has been a gift, a game changer and all the motivation one could ever need.
You’ve had chances and continue to choose wrong.
So next time you’re feeling sorry for yourself remember my warning.
I came from nothing,
But look at me now.”

– A Participant – Spring 2014

“I recently just spent the day with my Great Grandma. On this particular day she happened to be turning 98 years old. It amazes me that even at that age she is as healthy & positive as she is. And then it hit me, maybe the reason she is as old as she is and as healthy as she is, is because of how positive she is.”

– A Participant – Winter 2014

“How has my thinking changed: My thinking has changed because I have thought about the goals and changes I want to make in my life. It gives me a chance to choose what I want to do for that week and how I can achieve it. It really helps you move forward when you know what you can do and the steps you have to take to do it.”

– A Participant – Winter 2014

“Everyone struggles with employment issues, I know I did. It’s all up to you whether or not you want to become someone great in this life, to succeed greatly. It’s hard just handing out resumes and not getting call backs. Yes, it’ll bring you down because you wonder if you’ll ever get out of the cavern below, rock bottom. Believe me it will take a lot of will power to continue on but “you” are a “strong” individual that can make it. I believe in you ad so do others. So please don’t give up, you will become someone great!

– A Participant – Winter 2014

“What have I overcome? Well for starters I am really happy that I’ve overcome homelessness! Secondly, I sure am enjoying the fact that I’m not being lazy and not doing things for myself. It excites me to know that with some dedication and wanting things out of life I can actually achieve things that I would like to get done. Times get rough but I’m glad to say that I’ve been able to put most of those rough times behind me and get myself back to living a normal lifestyle that me & my family are proud of. So what I have overcome is life and it’s trials & tribulations but I’m still young & there is still a lot more life to live!”

– A Particiant – Winter 2014

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