"I was immersed in something that gave me purpose and training."

October 4, 2019

“I was on the street for almost five years,” David said. “In March of 2018, I had another serious heart attack. That was nearly it for me. But I knew that I had more to give. I couldn’t let that be it for me.”

David was struggling with addiction and when he got into treatment after multiple heart attacks, it was a moment he decided to make a real change.

“I heard about this cooking program,” he said. “It sounded like a great thing to do and for years I’ve been trying to get into housing and get secure and it was just like revolving doors of social workers. When I went to orientation at FareStart, I sat down with Joey, the intake and outreach supervisor, and was instantly given something that had taken years before, housing. In my recovery it was instrumental and I was immersed in something that gave me purpose and training.”

“I’m dealing with felony convictions and some misdemeanors, but at FareStart, they are all about second chances there. You may not have been perfect in the past, but FareStart gives you a chance to show that you are taking steps to change your life. “

He shared some of his story with a gathering of FareStart supporters at a celebration event at Maslow’s. He sat down and had a conversation with our CEO, Angela Dunleavy-Stowell.

Listen to the conversation on SoundCloud.