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Steve D, 51 year old male client

I have a very long road ahead of me, and I am certainly not out of the rain, so please don't take my Umbrella away.

Dear Umbrella,

I just wanted to say thank you for all the good things you people have done for me since we met a few years ago.

I have gotten to know the staff of Umbrella, and no matter where I am at, in active addiction or on a good path, every one of these fine people treat me with great respect and kindness.

I thought I would tell you a bit of my own story, so you know what Umbrella is dealing with. I started drinking at a very young age, 8 or 9 years old, and that progressed into a very serious alcohol addiction which resulted in a very messed up life. I have been in and out of jails and institutions and have always struggled with the temptation of alcohol.

Now that I have had some time to look at this mess I have created, I have learned a little bit about myself. I know that not focusing on being a person who was learning to be a proper adult trying to live life, but getting all mixed up drinking and using to forget instead of focusing on real life issues that the average person would work out or deal with in a healthy way. Instead I did it the only way I thought was right which was the unhealthy way, with the friends I drink and use with, so I didn’t get the best input, but after spending a great deal of time with my Umbrella worker, I am now learning a great deal about compassion, love, trust and what it is like to have somebody on my side that wants absolutely nothing from me but to see me grow to the potential that God had wanted for me all along.

Words could never express how much my Umbrella worker has done for me by always being there for me even though I fell short many, many times and I can’t even begin to tell you about the love, compassion and care that’s been given to me, all the time and never looking down at me but giving me the utmost respect. I could never even dream of being so blessed and happy and to wake up feeling positive and excited about my future. I owe it all to my worker and the Umbrella Society.

I have a very long road ahead of me and I am certainly not out of the rain so please don’t take my Umbrella away.

Sincerely grateful,

Much love, Steve D.