Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

Hamisse's story

Our News in Brief

Hamisse's story

15th July 2021
“My life feels like it has some direction back to it, without the team here giving me support and helping to arrange rehab, I don’t know where I would be.”

Around 30 years ago, there was mass violence and conflict in my home country. I had to get out as I really feared for my safety, and managed to move to the UK.

I ended up holding down multiple jobs, forklift driving at a factory in the day, and a cleaning job in the evenings. In total I was working 70 hours a week. I hardly took any breaks and I really think that began to chip away at my mental health.

At the time I lived in East Ham with my partner, although things started to unravel a couple of years into our relationship and we split up. I moved out and slept on my friend’s sofas. Despite them saying that I was welcome, I felt I was getting in the way of their lives and was an inconvenience to them.

When I heard that my Dad had passed away, it triggered something and brought up a lot of emotions that I had been hiding away. I miss my friends and family; a lot of them I don’t even know if they are alive today. I started drinking more.

I arrived at Caritas Anchor House in September 2019. I was still working at the factory then, but I was made redundant during lockdown. I was devastated. I took a lot of pride in my job, and I miss working with my colleagues.

After losing my job, my drinking became a real problem, and I needed help. The team here were really supportive, and referred me to a doctor. It’s not been easy. I started to relapse and I remember my keyworker pulling me aside, explaining that I needed to go to rehab to get more help. At first I didn’t react well, but I was given some time to think about it. I eventually recognised this was the best option. My physical health was really starting to go downhill due to my drinking and I knew something had to change

My keyworker has given me so much. She is there for me when I am really struggling with my depression, and she gives me the reassurance I need. It means the world to me. The team have also helped me a lot with my CV and Universal Credit documents, and have taken the stress away from these things I know I need to deal with. I feel like I will be ready to go back into the working world, which I’m really looking forward to, once I get out of rehab.

Although I am feeling nervous about rehab, I know it’s the right thing for me. I am a fighter, and I never give up. I am now confident that I will overcome my addiction. My life feels like it has some direction back to it, and without the team here giving me support and helping to arrange rehab, I don’t know where I would be.

 

Share this page