Steve grew up in a home with an abusive, alcoholic father. And there was no escape at school. There he was mocked and ridiculed. His childhood wasn’t easy.

As an adult, Steve suffered a serious back injury on his work site as a metal worker. He was put on morphine for the pain. Over time, Steve became addicted to the morphine, and eventually lost his job and ended up on the street for 10 years.  Steve relied on shoplifting and theft to support his morphine habit. He contracted several forms of hepatitis.

But Steve decided that his life could be different. He joined a program that gives him a set amount of morphine per day, gradually reducing the amount with the goal of stopping it altogether and going back to work. Most importantly, Steve got his own home. He prides himself on keeping his apartment clean, and has had virtually no complaints from the landlord.

But, like many of the newly housed, he’s found the transition from his old lifestyle challenging. He spends his days picking up litter around his apartment, walking, going to the library, listening to music and reading. He often attends inner city church services. Physically, Steve feels much better. But Steve gets bored – and he often feels lonely. Steve has almost no close friends, since he left most of them behind when he got his apartment. He’s waiting to feel part of a new community.