How housing changes lives

At The Bloom Group we support our residents and clients to pursue their own definition of success, whatever that may be. For a woman at Powell Place women’s shelter, success may be keeping an important appointment. For a resident at May’s Place hospice, it may be reconciling with a family member in their final days.

For Phil, success is sobriety.

Phil is self-aware, determined and resourceful. When he realized at a young age that he was an alcoholic, he stopped drinking and stayed sober for years.

Years later, after suffering a terrible workplace accident and filing for bankruptcy, Phil started drinking again.  He moved into a run-down single-room occupancy hotel (SRO) that lacked privacy, safety and a supportive community.

Then Phil discovered Somerville Place. At Somerville Place The Bloom Group offers 31 low-income residents dignified, safe and affordable apartments in the Downtown Eastside.

“I came to see a suite and I couldn’t believe it.  I had my own bathroom and kitchen. The rent was the exact same price as [the SRO]. I thought, ‘This is heaven.’ ”

When Phil moved in to Somerville, he was still drinking. But his new home gave him room to dream.

“I had a moment of clarity. I thought, ‘What the heck am I doing? I can’t lose this place.’ I went into treatment.  I started all over again.”

Somerville allowed Phil to be active in his recovery and a part of a community, the two things he realized he was missing.

In addition to community and active recovery, Phil credits an “enormous list of people” who have helped him get to where he his today. What would he tell them, and donors like you, if he had the chance?

“Thank you is such an understatement. There are people out there who have no idea the quality of life that they have instituted for me. It’s really been an incredible journey of transformation for me. I had no idea life could be this good. And it just keeps getting better.”

Because of you people like Phil have homes – and room to dream. Thank you.

 

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