James moved to Indianapolis in April, 2009. Battling drugs and alcohol for the better part of his twenties, James wanted to move to Indianapolis to change his life. He did not realize this move would be the start of a whole new life. James was in an unhealthy relationship for ten years. A couple of months after the move he was arrested and started his year long stint in prison because of his addiction problems. James had never been in prison before and he never had a felony up until this point in his life. He was unsure of himself and where he would go when he got out.
A couple of months before his release, one of the guys he tutored in prison told him about a place called PROGRESS HOUSE. Progress House is a recovery based living facility. It then crossed his mind that he never addressed his addiction problem. When he was released from prison in July 2010, this started a new chapter in his life. Because of the bed space being limited at Progress House upon his release from prison, he had to stay in the mission for several days not knowing what, when or how he would be able to survive. Being willing to go to any length, he showed up daily to try to be admitted to Progress House. Finally, he was admitted to the facility.
“It’s been a long, long road since July 2010; however I would not trade my today for anything in the world. With a few twenty-four hours of sobriety under my belt, I am much stronger, more confident and teachable today. Currently, I am the weekend House Supervisor at Progress House and a member of a phenomenal organization called Back on My Feet! This movement FOUND ME. I feel as though it’s empowering me to commit, to give of oneself, and provide necessary tools for daily living. BoMF is much bigger than any one of its members. I feel that together WE make this very powerful!”