Beginning New Journeys

30 March 2017 - 6:39pm Comments Off

A Journey to Recovery

We believe that homelessness is a result of multiple factors and substance abuse is just one of them. Without access to affordable treatment, many homeless individuals continue to descend deeper into a cycle of poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, and mental illness. Unless substance abuse is treated, they are unlikely to regain the security or financial stability that can lead them out of poverty.

Overcoming substance abuse requires intensive treatment and follow-up care. In addition, it requires courage and determination. Hence, we are extremely glad to see two of our clients willing to undergo a drug addiction rehabilitation program at the Cure and Care Service Centre (CCSC). We hope that this can help them lead more secure, satisfying lives.

To Move or Not to Move, That is the Question

Although Kechara Soup Kitchen has served many meals to countless people who are less fortunate, this is a rather special encounter with an uncle who is very appreciative of the support that Kechara has shown. On numerous occasions, he has offered to compensate us for his food with the little money he has or with little things such as packets of peanuts.

We then discovered that he has no source of income and is looking for job. He is also renting a small space in the living room of a flat belonging to his friend. In the day, he roams the streets, despite having difficulties walking, to avoid occupying the living room.

After getting to know him better, we proposed the idea of moving him into a shelter where food and care is provided. He didn’t like the idea very much, as he feels that he is still capable of contributing to society and staying in a shelter would only tie him down. Subsequently, he agreed to view the shelter and has finally decided to consider moving on. Meanwhile, we can only hope for the best for this uncle.

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