Christmas is a special time at St. Vincent de Paul, as generous donors and volunteers host informal holiday celebrations for the men, women and children living here on our campus.
Archives for December 2012
Megan’s dream is to open a halfway house for women struggling with substance abuse, so that their babies aren’t born addicted. She is passionate about the plight of these women and wants others to understand: “You don’t know how many women are lying awake at night crying their eyes out because they hate what they’re doing to themselves and to their children, but they don’t know how to stop,” she says.
In the past year since St. Vincent de Paul first opened the doors to 20 new low-income apartments for families, many different types of people have moved onto our campus here in one of Louisville’s poorest neighborhoods.
These furnished, 2- and 3-bedroom homes, known collectively as a supportive housing program, are designated for families who were homeless or who were on the verge of becoming homeless. These homes offer stability and security for struggling parents as they begin the challenging process of rebuilding their lives.
Megan, 26, is one of these new tenants. An only child raised by “wonderful” parents, she is a former honors student who attended Morehead State University on a full-ride scholarship.This young woman now seems both horrified and humbled by the unfathomable heroin addiction that brought her to our doorstep.
“I still have the needle marks in my arm,” she says, looking at the inside of her left elbow. “I didn’t wake up every day wanting to do this, but I just didn’t know how to stop. I felt I didn’t deserve to live because of the things I was doing.”