Coming into Open Arms has changed my life. At the beginning I had no idea what a halfway house was, but I was willing due to the fact that I had lost all hope. Coming into Open Arms has restored my hope to life, prosperity and others. I have regained my life and have learned to help others regain their life and share it with others. So if you are in doubt what Open Arms can do for you, then maybe you’re not ready – but if you’re ready than let’s start a new life. Good luck to you.
Thomas now works in the field of Recovery at a Rehab Center.
I came to Rockland from the streets of White Plains at the age of 49, after living in a cardboard box for 17 years. I entered the Open Arms program where my recovery from a hopeless condition began… It all began by accepting the guidance and support of Open Arms. For that, I am forever grateful.
Rich became an honors student at the local college, earning a degree as a paralegal, got his license and a car, and now works as a counselor in the addiction field.
Today, I actually like myself…My family and friends are back in my life…this experience has enriched my life. I know that by the grace of God, I’ll never have to go through this again.
Not in my backyard is an all too familiar phrase we hear today. I’ve lived in Haverstraw for forty years and never knew Open Arms existed until almost two years ago. That’s when I began my recovery from substance abuse. I found the support I needed right in my own backyard.
I honestly don’t believe I would have been able to make it this far without the guidance and help from The Women
Looking back at my time in the Halfway House, I realize that exactly what I didn’t like about it was what has made it possible for me to be continuously sober ‘til today. In other words, those were my first ‘baby steps ‘ into sobriety. I am thrilled that I am still in touch with other men that lived with me then. They too, have stayed sober these past 21 years.
Open Arms has taught me so much! They have given me strength, for a real future, courage and hope, clean and sober.
I learned how to set goals in my recovery, how to live in recovery and how to prevent a relapse. I learned ‘coping skills’ to use the rest of my life, to save my life.
For as far back as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a part of something, but I always settled for less. All my adult life I made bad decisions, then tried to escape the results with drugs and alcohol. But finally I found out how, and where, to make sound decisions. I finally found Open Arms. I finally know what it’s like not to settle for less.
The Open Arms Program was where I learned how to hone my relapse prevention and daily living and coping skills in a supportive and sober environment…and today my life is way beyond what I thought it would become.
Dave is now a well-respected counselor in the field of addiction.
I know that this door will never be closed to me, and I hope that I will always be welcomed to visit and help any new women who come here as you were always ‘there’ for me.
I was a resident of Open Arms in 1989, before I was homeless. While at the apartment program I went to counseling school and in 1996 began my journey at Open Arms, where I am currently working as a counselor. Thank God for Open Arms.
12 Years ago OPEN ARMS saved my life when even I wasn’t sure it was worth saving. If I said thank you 10,000 times, that still would not be enough. Almost everything I have achieved is a result of being at OPEN ARMS. They showed me how to build a bridge back to life.
Steve now has 23 years of sobriety, earned a degree and taught at the local community college.
Open arms was an necessary and essential part of my recovery process. It gave me the stability that I needed and the foundation that I had lacked in the past in order to stay sober. I was able to have time to myself to work on myself which I feel is most important in the beginning. Three years later I am forever grateful and I owe a great deal to the staff and the open arms community.