Photo courtesy of shutterstock
Sadly these tactics don't work for everyone as I've lost people who probably heard the same speakers, seen the same faces, to addiction. These people who lived similiar lives to mine. I may not ever see these people again but knowing there's a place like Insite that cares about these marginalized people regardless and is willing to take time to give them the support they really need, makes me feel immensely better. I wish more people could understand what they do and how they help and the benefit they have to a community that seemed so hopeless.
I had a good friend a few years ago, his mother was a great inspiration to me. She never got to see my friend when we was growing up and had left him to be raised by his not so caring grandmother. His mother never got to see him and was incapable of taking care of him because she was a victim to a meth addiction. He was even homeless for a few months when he was 12. One day his mother realized she had enough of it and within a year had become clean and had the opportunity to be the mother she couldn't before. When I used to see her answer the door with a smile and a compliment, handing me an apple I'd think, "what an amazing mom!". As I sat one time on their patio in the summer, out of nowhere she shared with me the story of how after 9 years of doing meth she was able to overcome her addiction.
I chose Insite so that one day there'd be more stories like that and less tragedies.