Kendra, a Recent Graduate Shares Why The Doorway Worked for her

A look back.

I remember the first time I walked into The Doorway not knowing where my life was going. I was scared. The past had been filled with a lot of grief, self-destruction and little self-awareness. After my first visit I remember walking out of there thinking ‘what a kind place’. I could feel the love in there and I couldn’t wait for my next visit.

During the first year I had to overcome a lot of things within myself. The Doorway stood by me with each and every goal or hardship I came across. They gave me a safe place, they genuinely listened, and they never stopped believing in me. I could rely on their acceptance and because of all of this, over time I started to feel at ease, and I started to push myself. Sometimes I had to push myself and when I did I started to move forward.

I admired the staff and how they carried themselves. They were calm, compassionate, present and I automatically felt safe with them. They reassured me I was doing I good job. They made me feel like I am capable and always have been, and to stop doubting myself! They gave me hope. I am grateful for the many volunteers who listened to me, gave me insight and praised me. I will never forget their open-mindedness and willingness to listen to new perspectives.

My journey with The Doorway was one of building myself up and finding myself again. I’ve learnt to trust others and let go of fear, doubts and overthinking. I learnt to show up even when my mind was a mess
or fearful of explaining things. Writing, sharing, knowing I am heard and knowing the people at The Doorway were here for me has helped me untangle my heart and soul. Because of this I have been able to get on my feet. I am now in a place in my life where there are many things in store for me, many good things because I believe in who I am and what I have to give. I believe in my ability to overcome and walk towards my dreams.

– Kendra

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