John’s Story

In 2003, John was stable and successful. He had a job that he loved, friends that supported him, and enjoyed where he lived.  Unexpectedly, the house he was renting was sold, leaving him with nowhere to go.  Although he remained employed, John’s struggles began to surface.  What was once behind the scenes came to the forefront: John was battling a 20 year drug addiction.

John began to receive help for his addiction and after a few months of sobriety, John reached out to Mercy House to help him get back on his feet and find housing.  After a few months at Emmanuel House, John relocated to San Diego for a job opportunity and worked successfully until the summer of 2009.  Due to the economic recession, John’s company was forced to downsize, with John’s position as one of those that were cut.  Within just a few short months, he found himself homeless and facing his addiction once again.  John remembered the support he received at Emmanuel House in 2003, so he returned to Orange County in the summer of 2010 in search of support and stability.

“When I arrived in Orange County, I stayed with some friends at first, but it wasn’t good for me, so I left.  I slept on a park bench that night. When I woke up, it hit me that I was homeless. There is was with no money and two minutes left on my pre-paid phone with no one to call. It was then that I realized I had nothing left. “

John eventually got himself into a sober living facility and once stable, was able to enter Mercy House’s Emmanuel House program again.  John was ready to make a true life change and knew that the only way to full sobriety was through the support of Mercy House.

“I knew that if I was ever going to get clean and stay clean, it was going to be because of Mercy House. When I came back to Emmanuel House, I just knew that this was going to be the end of my struggle.” 

While at Emmanuel House; he rebuilt his life, remained sober, received the support he needed.  A housing opportunity presented itself and John left Emmanuel House and moved into his own home. Today, John has achieved over four years of sobriety, has put his faith in God, and now works for Mercy House through our Armory Emergency Shelters.  He has surrounded himself with those who will uplift him and continue to spur on his growth.

 “It takes a village to build a life . . . thank you for being a part of my village. Thank you for not giving up on me. I came here broken, but you provided a place for me to heal.”