27 Jan Bob’s Story
“I never thought I would be homeless.”
After decades of struggling with addiction and five years of homelessness Bob had lost hope. Sleeping on park benches, in ATM machine lobbies, hotel hallways, and in parkades he described himself as having “no purpose”.
Overcome with the emotional pain of injuring a person in a car accident, Bob began to number his days. “I just didn’t think it was worthwhile living. I was in a dark, dark spot in my life. I had nowhere to go and nothing to do. I was at my end. I wanted to die”.
That’s when Bob identified that he needed help and began a new life that started with his path of recovery from addiction.
Bob reached out and got himself into treatment for substance use.
When he was ready to come back to Victoria Bob found himself a home through Pacifica Housing’s Streets to Homes Program.
Two years later Bob’s is alive, thriving and a leader in his community. When asked about his life now, Bob tells how he spends his days facilitating recovery meetings and reaching out to those who are experiencing difficult times.
I like to help people in need because I know what it feels like when you are at the end of your rope with nowhere to go. It’s pretty tough”.
Today Bob credits his life to his perseverance, and the help of local agencies like Pacifica Housing. “What Pacifica has done for me is give my life back. I have my own place, its warm it’s clean, and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.”
Recovery is my number one priority. I am really looking forward to a life of being drug and alcohol free, spending quality time with my family, watching my grandkids grow, helping out the community as much as I can, and getting healthier.”
“I am very grateful for what I have. I have a roof over my head and my family back in my life. If it weren’t for Pacifica Housing I would be homeless (and violently ill because of my age and life of the streets) or I would be dead.
If I didn’t have a home, I would not have a place to go and be safe. And by safe I mean not just being off the streets, but a place to retreat to and keep myself from being exposed to people using [drugs and alcohol]. My home gives me my inspiration not to use, because I know where I was, and I know where I do not want to be”.