Eva’s Village – Rose D.’s Story

Eva’s Village – Rose D.’s Story


When I was growing up, it was good until it wasn’t good anymore. I really struggled in high school – like
really bad – I was picked on really bad. I was really overweight, and the kind of
way I dealt with that, was, I cut myself a lot – and I wasn’t okay, you know. After
that, I met a guy – I got married – I had a baby. Then I started drinking really
heavily. I was leaving my kid with my mom, or with my friend, and then heroin came
into the scene and I just kind of went along with it because I wanted to be
part of – you know – it was the first time I felt part of something and heroin took
me down fast. I got arrested and then I made a deal that if I did rehab they
wouldn’t give me any felonies – but it didn’t I didn’t stop using, you know. I
just kept doing the same nonsense – but I got pregnant –
and I was so embarrassed it was – it just it tore me up – there was a
baby inside me and I was shooting heroin. They’re like – well they’re gonna take
your son and there’s nothing you can do about it. Then, when we’re getting
discharged, they just wheeled him away and the lady said to me – she said – Let
this be a lesson to you. And I remember walking out of the hospital with
balloons and presents and no baby – and it made me feel like the baby had died. I
remember that night I got as high as I could possibly get
and I still missed my kids – and I was like – Drugs will not take this away.
There’s nothing in the world that I can do that will destroy this feeling. That was really my ‘click’ moment where I was like – I’m changing I can’t do this
anymore. I’m leaving all this behind. I still had nowhere to go and they’re like – Well Eva’s has a spot and they have a bed for you and you basically get your own
room there – but you can get a job or you can go to school. I went to culinary
school and there’s Chef James and him just standing in front of the class and
giving us all these encouraging words and calling us crazy at the same time –
and that this would be hard and that it would challenge us – but I
needed something that would challenge me you know and until I learned the skills
I needed and then I get to work in a restaurant who the standard is extremely
high and I meet that standard because they taught me what to do and I got both
my kids back. From start to finish – all the way through – they just love the crap
out of me. You know, when people succeed here, they succeed for life.

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