“It’s a really bad feeling to not have somewhere to live. Growing up we would be living with an aunt, or a friend, and you could tell no one wanted us there. I would have to be in a new school each time, and no one really wanted to be your friend. My dad was a dealer and was in and out of jail. Whenever he was around, there were always so many strangers around – drinking, drugging, partying. I started partying with them on my 11th birthday and when I was 15 one of my dad’s friends became my boyfriend. I had my first son right away, and we spent a lot of time fighting and he even broke my arm. I was 2 months pregnant with our second son when he left. I had no daycare and no job, and we were evicted from the apartment. When I gave birth, I tested positive. The judge took my babies away and I was ordered to Great Expectations’ Outpatient Program.
I will do anything to get clean and sober, become a good mother, and get my babies back.”
Martina is showing she is as committed as she’s saying. She is attending group and individual counseling at our Outpatient Program, and going to NA meetings each day. She is staying at a half-way house, and having regular visitation with her children. Martina is a great candidate for CGE’s Permanent Supportive Housing program.