Timothy became a father at age 17 and made the difficult decision to quit school in order to work full-time and support his daughter. Shortly thereafter, he developed an addiction to prescription drugs, which he had begun taking after undergoing surgery for a medical condition. As a result of his drug addiction, he lost his job, his apartment and even his family. He eventually was sent to prison and served a three year sentence. Released at age of 21, Timothy spent many nights couch surfing with friends. In time however, he found himself living on the streets and at the end of the day, sleeping in a tent-community with other homeless people. He would spend his nights watching the shadows of homeless people getting high and drinking themselves to sleep and he wondered if this would be his future.
All he wanted was a place to call home, an education and the ability to provide as a father but without the proper resources he was left feeling as though his goals were nothing more than extravagant wishes. Determined to make a change for the better, he began to read literature about sobriety, and he prayed for guidance.
Eventually, Timothy found a program to assist him in getting back on track. In July of 2010, he was accepted into the Child and Family Services Transitional Living Program (TLP) in Concord, New Hampshire. Timothy credits the TLP for changing his life. With their help, he fulfilled his educational goals by obtaining first his GED, and ultimately nursing assistant and phlebotomy licenses. He also joined a local Narcotics Anonymous organization. With the medical licenses in hand, Timothy was able to acquire a full time job that he enjoys. He now sees his children every weekend and is the father he wanted to be.
Timothy graduated from the TLP in July 2011. Because he wanted to find a way to give back to the program, he applied for a resident assistant position that became available the same time he was getting ready to transition into his own apartment. Since he did a fantastic job as a resident, he was enthusiastically offered the position. Today he serves as a role model and provides both support and a glimmer of hope to current TLP residents.