The Story of George M.

On July 30, 2009, I went into the VA hospital in Chillicothe, Ohio for treatment. Again. I was homeless, a drug addict and an alcoholic, and it was my last stop. I had nowhere to go. While I was there, my social worker told me about the [John W.] Clem House, a half-way house in Athens.

So in September 20, 2009, I met with Richard, the house manager. I found a job in the area so I could pay for my stay. They got me into meetings right away, and I met my first sponsor. I started working the 12-Step Program in earnest. While I was there, I even got my driver's license back.

While I was working the Fourth Step, I found out my mother was sick. Richard heard about my mom and he called me to check on me, and told me to get to a safe place. The Clem House changed my life because they care about you. They really work here on always doing the next right thing.

I decided to stay here. People care about me here. Through the Clem House and meeting people through the program, I got help in find housing. I was able to get myself a car. Like I said, when my Mom got sick, I was able to visit her. When she died, people here helped me get through it without drinking or using.

I don’t know, something was different here. Something was different in my life. The Clem House helped me finally grow up. At age 50. I can’t describe how much I love that place [The Clem House]. It, literally, saved my life.

Today, life is good. I didn't think -- I never thought -- I was going to make it, that I was going to live to the age I am today. People here care. I have friends. I have a life. It has been an honor and privledge to have been able to stay at the Clem House.

-- George M.