Meet Chris Hancock. He’s 38 years old, an avid hiker, backpacker and snowboarder.
He has a job at Umbrella Society that never fails to bring a smile to his face. He has a supportive family and feels connected to his community. All, in all, he’s one happy man.
But, if you were to meet Chris in 2010, you might find him sitting in a bus shelter on Douglas Street, homeless, addicted and broke – not enough money to buy a bus ticket and with no particular place to go. In the space of five years, he had lost his home, his girlfriend, his family and his dream job due to his addiction to alcohol.
What happened to turn his life around? As Chris explains, “I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without United Way funded services. They helped me physically, mentally, financially and found me a place to live. They gave me my life back.”
After numerous failed attempts at detox, it was a United Way funded agency worker, at Umbrella Society, who was the catalyst in helping Chris access the services he needed.