Testimonials

Words cannot express the gratitude that I have for the HOPE House. I lived at HOPE House for close to two years and those were the best years of my life. I grew up and learned life-long lessons that stay with me in every step I take today. There are days that I just want to move back in because of the structure and guidance I received and also the gratitude and warmth I felt. I never thought recovery from addiction was possible and they proved to me it was. Thank god because I wouldn't be alive today. I love the HOPE House because it has shaped me into the woman I am today and has given me a life free from active addiction.

- Taylor

HOPE House provided a whole new way of life for me. I learned so much about myself during my time there. It gave me a whole new perspective on life and prepared me for a life in recovery. It truly was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

- J

I was homeless, hopeless and sick. I was not sure what to do. I needed structure and love. HOPE House knew I needed them before I knew I wanted to go. It was there where I found love, routine, friendship and an army of woman who loved me until I could love myself. I am forever grateful.

- JT, 4 years, 2012

Our daughter lived at HOPE House for a full year. The support she received seemed like a miracle to us at an extremely traumatic time. Gaby and Dawn provided consistent and kindhearted supervision and support, boundaries that made sense, and reasonable responsibilities and expectations for the women in the house, all within a context of love and community. What really amazed us was the support WE received, which was above and beyond their support to our daughter. Every time we needed help, and there were many times, they were there for us. HOPE House gives a sense of hope for the whole family, not just the woman with substance abuse problems. HOPE House has our deepest gratitude forever for all they do.

- CN

When I first arrived to the HOPE House I was scared, broken, and had barely had any faith that things would be looking up anytime soon. What I didn't know was that these women would soon be my family and closest friends, and that house would become my home. It didn't take long to figure out this was exactly where I needed to be. The girls here welcome you with open arms and look out for one another because they care, not because they have to. I've learned how to live healthy, face my fears and issues, and have a life I can be proud of because I never had to do it alone. Every step of the way my sisters were there to pick me up when I was down, motivate me when I didn't know how, and never once did they let me feel sorry for myself. These are strong women who've seen the darker side of things and still have enough hope and faith to share it with the next girl. If you told me on my first day there that, years later, i would miss all the good times and good people, I would have laughed. Today the HOPE House and all the memories we made as a family, as sisters, are some of my fondest, and those girls and the house will always have a very special place in my heart. For anyone who wants to take recovery seriously, have a good time doing it and build an amazing support system, check out the HOPE House, it could save your life.

- LW

When I first got down to Florida for treatment, I thought that I knew how to live life, and that my only problem was drugs and alcohol. I felt that I just needed a break from reality for a little while so I could get back on my feet and then I would go back to doing the same thing that I was always used to doing. After treatment it was suggested that I go to the HOPE House (which I resisted) but I decided to do a six-month commitment. The HOPE House taught me how to live clean (something I have never done). The house and the people gave me structure and taught me how to be accountable and responsible for myself. I have never received so much support from women in my life, and I am forever grateful for the love and support I continue to receive.

- DL

With the simple directions and softly guiding disciplines of the other women living at HOPE House, I was able to let go of old beliefs and habits which were not adding joy and productivity to my daily life.  I lived with women of all ages and they shared their knowledge, freely and unconditionally.  I lived with women from different walks of life and they showed me new adventures in living. These courageous and patient women reminded me every day that drugs and alcohol were not the answer to anything, good or bad, in my life.  Today, I am enjoying life truly in a productive and responsible manner.  And with lots of Joy, too! And, without drugs and alcohol.

- DM

When I first got to the HOPE House in June 2009, I had no idea what the word hope even meant. I came beaten and broken and desperate for a change but had no clue how or where to begin. Immediately the first girl I met hugged me like I'd never been before!! Women called and came to see me, and would leave and say I love you, and I had no clue what they were doing. I didn't even know how to wake up and get ready to look for a job let alone make breakfast. But regardless of my awkwardness and confusion I was loved and taken care of by the women I was surrounded by. Slowly but surely I started to come around and only because of these women and their love. I learned to smile, and I did because I felt it. I learned to make conversation. I learned how to be responsible, how to be accountable, and how to do all these things sober. I was taught to lean on women and also be there for ones that need me too. The life I've been given since my time in the HOPE House is unimaginable at times and indescribable. I am forever grateful to the women I've met along the way and I've taken with me all that I've learned. The HOPE House was and is a tremendous blessing in my life.

- AD

The HOPE House: There is never a guarantee with addiction, but there is always hope. With the support and guidance from amazing women brings a sense of a brighter tomorrow. Having a safe environment and being guided to take charge of your life opens more opportunities to lead a healthy and productive life. With HOPE you will be happy with yourself and have the strength to face each day no matter what obstacles are put in your path. Love from a parent who's kid made it with a lot of help from amazing women.

- Margaret DesJardines

She who has HOPE has everything.
HOPE House 2006-2010

- Sally Gallen Sweeney

The HOPE House was amazing! It was where I learned to live life on life’s terms...I learned that there is hope from active addiction... and that I don't have to live "that" way any longer... I found forever friends and I felt a sense of belonging which before the HOPE House I never did…thank God for Dawn if it were not for her who knows where I would be.

- Mimi T

As a parent hearing the words your child is an addict can be crippling. It isn't like when they were little and one can guide them. You realize that you have lost any control and they are on the path of destruction. I read a book where there was a father whose son was an addict. He had attended a meeting and someone asked him do you know God? Cause if you don't you will seek him.

As it turned out through my faith and prayer, God had already planned out Alex's path, which in the end put her in the HOPE House. I thank God every day that he placed her there; where she began her recovery. And grew into the woman she is today; helping and guiding other friends in trouble.

I am so thankful for Gabrielle and for all the girls that have helped my daughter grow and become the woman she is today.

The HOPE House: Where there is life, there is hope.

- Linda

HOPE House saved my life.

- NV

It has been almost 5 years since I got on a plane from Maine to fly to Florida not knowing anyone. From my time at HOPE House I am now part of a strong group of woman that have helped me through some really difficult times. I feel very fortunate to have this group of people behind me and hope that my experiences are able to help the new woman that come to HOPE House.

- Jess M.

I was introduced to the HOPE House in May of 2010. Up to that point, my life was spiraling out of control. HOPE House has completely changed my life. It has given me structure and I have found my way. It gave me support, structure and responsibility 24 hours a day. It kept me motivated to make that change in my life that ultimately saved my life.

- EB

Gaby and all the women at the HOPE House took me in at the weakest and scariest moment of my life. They understood me, loved me, and showed me a new way to live. It is truly frightening to think of the places I would be and the kind of life I would be living had I not spent time at the HOPE House. I am three years sober now and the happiest I have ever been- living to the potential I have always known was in me. I will be forever grateful for the HOPE House for truly changing and saving my life. It was the best thing I could have ever done for myself.

- Kelly

HOPE House saved my life and made me the person I am today. The women there were my family; they gave me hope when I had none. Now I have my own family and because of the HOPE House I’m a good mother, fiancée, daughter, friend and more. I love and miss my family at the HOPE House; you all will always be a huge part of my life!!!

- KO

In my heart I am and will always be a HOPE Fiend!

- S

I came to Florida with nothing except one carry-on bag. That’s all I had to my name. The HOPE House provided me with a safe place to live, structure that I was lacking in my life, and a belief in the 12 step programs that would help me change and save my life. If I had not had the HOPE House to go to I believe I would be dead today, because I could not live on my own without the structure, support and hope that was provided there to me. Today I am a productive member of society and am able to pass on the HOPE!

- TT

HOPE House saved my life. 3 years clean and sober.

- Lonna L.

People loved me until I could love myself at HOPE House. I was given the gift of recovery and for that, I am forever grateful.

- Whitney B.

I learned how to live there, I learned how to love and BE loved. I learned how to become authentic. I little-by slowly learned that honesty was critical to recovery. I stayed for four years, longer than I lived anywhere in my life. I became part of a family I had only hoped and dreamed of. My address may have changed, but my heart and soul belong to the HOPE House.

- SS