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在与毒瘾斗争了15年之后, 特勒尔 知道这次没人会来救他了. If he was ever going to get home to his two little boys 和 be the father he wanted to be, 必须由他来做.
“但你一个人是做不到的。” 特勒尔 说到他的康复之旅. “你必须让别人帮助你——不管是大是小. 不久，你就会意识到这是可能的. 这可能需要很多次的尝试. Just because you don’t get it right the first time doesn’t mean your life can’t change.”
他自称“渴望改变”， 特勒尔 made a list of small goals 和 big goals 和 watched those lists shrink over time, 但当他坐在地上 山胡桃山康复中心, an addiction 复苏 center for men in remote Knott County, Ky., he watched a group of men building a new house nearby 和 longed to be part of the crew. The men, many of whom were friends of his at 胡桃木山, had joined im体育ios接口，一个新项目 房屋发展联盟(HDA) offering paid, on-the-job training in construction for men 和 women in 复苏.
Concerned that details of his past would prevent him from being accepted into the program, 特勒尔 was overjoyed when he learned he’d been hired 和 was immediately sent out to worksites with HDA carpenters 和 lead im体育ios接口 trainers 马修·普拉特 和 朗尼沃克.
在三年的时间里 权力授予 cycle, im体育ios接口 will produce 15 new homes for middle-income families in East 肯塔基州. 该计划的第二组六名受训人员，其中 特勒尔 是一个成员, 建造两座房子, including the program’s first two-story house between June 和 November 2020. The home sold to a middle-income family, who was excited to start 2021 in their new home.
“我在 胡桃木山 在困难时期. 冠状病毒刚刚来袭，”他说. “我想念我的孩子们, 和 I could have easily left at any point; but I knew that if I gave up that easy, 我回家的时候就打算放弃了. 所以,我呆. 然后, 我进了希望大厦, 如果不是因为那份工作, 我不可能从我的清单上划掉目标. I was getting a paycheck 和 could save money 和 put a down payment on something my family needed. 它改变了我的生活，让我有了回家的打算.”
His training in im体育ios接口 led to a full-time job at a steel factory in his hometown of Ashl和, Ky., which allowed him to make a home for his children 和 to create the life for himself he once never thought possible.
“如果你没有工作，你就会气馁或沮丧，” 特勒尔 说. “Having that stability helps you stay on top of your goals 和 helps you keep doing the things you’re supposed to do, 比如付账单. 如果那份工作能让你保持那种心态, 这会让你觉得一切都会好起来的.”
他继续说, “当我第一次来我的恢复计划, I told myself that nobody would take me off that hill 和 that I would do whatever it took to get me home to my family 和 that when I left there, 一切都会井然有序. 我遵守了这个承诺.”
希望建立了 特勒尔 有机会过上他想要的生活, to show an often skeptical community his determination 和 talents, 和 has even revealed to him what he believes is his new life’s purpose: to give back by helping others on their own 复苏 journeys.
在钢铁厂工作了几个月后， 特勒尔 得到了他梦寐以求的工作吗! He now works full-time as an Outreach Peer Support Specialist at 途径,公司., a community-based center for mental health care in Ashl和 that aids with the treatment 和 prevention of alcohol 和 other addictions. The agency hired him to help get one of its new initiatives off the ground: traveling around the area in an RV, setting up in various places to offer help 和 advice to anyone 和 everyone who needs it.
“When you have people that are willing to give you a second chance, 你很乐意工作, you’re happy to get out there 和 do something different with your life,” 特勒尔 说. “我还不知道我的目的是什么, but I’m glad to have the opportunity to figure out how I can help others. I just want to show people that there is an opportunity out there for them.”
这个机会的 特勒尔 一开始就抱着一线希望. 希望大厦为他提供了一条去他想去的地方的路, 就像房子一样, 希望是白手起家的.
“You have to believe in yourself, 和 you have to put in the work,” 特勒尔 说. “建造房屋就像恢复:建造这栋房子, 我必须继续做我做过的这些小事. And if you miss one, if you miss a nail or a wall, guess what’s going to happen? 它会倒塌的. 我希望我能向人们证明这是可以做到的. 你的生活可以改变.”