When I was 17 I was raped. No one could help me. I turned to alcohol and then gradually to drugs and dropped out of school. I had to leave home. I lived on the streets for a few years before I came to Daisyhouse. By the time i came here i was off drugs and had stopped drinking. All I thought I needed was somewhere to sleep.
I got so much more than i expected. I found the care and understanding of the staff so warm and safe. They showed me unconditional respect. In my life, I had never experienced anyone who cared for me without expecting anything in return. In my past life, this always came at a cost.
I really had wanted to go to college when i had been in school- they helped me get into a course and now i am studying occupational therapy.
I know they will always be a huge part of my life and whenever I need guidance I will remember what they taught me -that is to be true to myself so that i can be true to others.
The staff’s door is always open whenever you need to talk. When different problems arose for me and i knew i did not want to deal with them in the old way of getting angry and exploding, I was able to sit down and talk them out. I began to learn a better way of looking at things and dealing with them. I learned from them that the answer is always within me. They supported me and encouraged me to find it myself. In the beginning, this was hard but now I realise that I do know the answers.