The lotus symbolizes the hardships or difficulties of life or challenges we face. A lotus starts in the murky water and as the stem grows toward the surface, we grow through our experiences, learning lessons, removing obstacles and overcoming adversities.
Letters from alumni to their "Sistas and Mistas" on the day they moved out
Dear "Sistas", Never in my life have I ever wanted to become a "Sista." Seriously. I cringed at that word. And I didn't call myself a Sista for a while. I NEVER wanted to live in a halfway house. I mean really? To live in a house full of women as crazy as me?! Yeah right! But one day something changed. I don't know what, why, or how, but I'm glad it did. I decided to call Angel, whom I admire very much, and asked her for help. I came to the house stand offish and I put on my "I'll play nice but don't f $#@ with me" face. That was the only coping mechanism I knew to go to when I was full of fear. And that's just what I was, full of fear. As each day went by I slowly but surely started to let the girls in. The girls who I now call my "Sistas." Vulnerability had never been my strong suit. I sucked at it. Anytime someone would give me a hug, my stomach turned. However, being around these amazing, strong, beautiful women, these feelings started to change. These women, my Sistas, have helped me become the woman I have always wanted to be, but was too scared to become. I'm so thankful for my Sistas. I'm so thankful for them to call me out and to keep me accountable. I'm thankful that they forced their hugs on me and made me tell them that I loved them. These women saw through my hurt, anger, and fears, and they STILL loved me. They loved me when I couldn't love myself. They helped me love myself. Words can't express my boundless gratitude that I have for my Sistas. I love you all very much. Even to the Sistas I haven't met or haven't moved in yet, I love you too. If you're new or contemplating on coming to a halfway house, JUST DO IT! I promise it will be one of the best experiences in your life. Thank you Sistas for all of your love and support. I love you all.
I can say without hesitation that moving into one of Angels houses marked a turning point for me in my recovery. I wasn’t quite sure if recovery was what I wanted and I certainly had no idea what I was doing in life, but when I moved into the house it became very clear to me that I now had an opportunity to really drastically alter the trajectory of my life. I had spent a year or so in and out of treatment and recovery houses when I moved back into Angel’s, so it’s safe to say I was pretty well beaten down by those experiences. When I came back, I was greeted with love, understanding, and a group of strong, sober women who wanted to help me. There was and is hope there. I re-learned how to be a person- how to feel emotions, how to carry myself with dignity and composure, how to be a responsible and contributing member of society, how to laugh and have fun again. It was everything I needed at that point in my journey and more. I will be forever grateful for Angel and her houses.
Thank you Angel and thank you to my Sistas! I really only have one thing to say: Nobody newly sober wants to go to a recovery house which might be why everybody that is newly sober should go!! This house saved my life...
"I would just like to take a moment to say how grateful I am that Serenity Sistas is Angel's dream. This period in my life has been a wanted and necessary stepping stone to better my life as a whole. I'm not sure how or what I would have done without Serenity Sistas. The support and care that I have gotten, I will carry with me and spread throughout my life. If I had nowhere to go after treatment, I was sure to die, probably, a very painful and slow death. Serenity Sistas will hold a special place in my heart, reminding me of the lessons I have learned, things I have changed, and obstacles I have overcome. I know there is plenty of work to do ahead but the Serenity Sistas office and all the sistas have made it possible to create a foundation to build on. I have listened closely to what I have been told and I feel confident in taking the next step, spreading my wings, and flying high. This is me saying thank you all for everything you have done for me, I now have a chance at life, a real chance at a real life."
To my sistas, "I was asked what Serenity Sistas has done for me, and I can hardly even begin to put it in words. Nothing but positivity has come from me being in this house. This house has allowed me to begin my growth into a woman my parents, friends, co-workers, and anyone I will ever meet would love me to be. But more importantly, the woman I would like to be. I have seen other women in my home blossom, and hold my hand so I can do the same. Watching someone in the beginning looking down at their feet, turn into someone with grace and dignity is the most amazing thing, and something that I strive to obtain one day in my journey. With the help of my sisters, this journey gets easier every day. Even when I get shook up, and discourage, the women I look up to the most are at my home with open arms. Always. With out this home, I wouldn't have one, nor would I have the opportunity to change my life drastically for the best. I am so grateful there is a place like this for women like me, I don't know who I would be today with out it."
Donna L Sista
Donna L Sista
Angel, So many crazy stories and memories I have to add to my arsenal from living at Serenity Sistas !This business must be a crazy one to be in. My father recently asked me "Casey why does she do it?" I replied that maybe someone did it for you. Anyway I am so unbelievably thankful and grateful for you and what you have created and taught me and I will continue to grow on this journey of recovery.I have a very special spot in my heart for you. I love you,
"I came to SS after being kicked out of treatment; in the midst of a nasty divorce, with no job, no car, and no idea what life had to offer me. SS gave me structure and guidance to find my own way in recovery. Our house was a family, and I learned a lot from every Sista. When it was time for me to move on; I was with the same employer for over a year, bought my own car, and had already built a solid foundation for my life in recovery. I am eternally grateful for the sistahood, and continue to cultivate fruitful friendships with my Sistas today. I would not have over 2 years clean if it weren't for being a Sista."
Kat L Sista
Kat L Sista
Hey Sistas, 'For real I just want to say how much I love each one of ya! It's been awesome to watch all of us grow into amazing people.Anytime I got to watch the light come on in your eyes and grow brighter and brighter each day was beautiful...Thank you for supporting me when I needed support, listening to me when I needed to be heard and loving me when I didn't love myself!!Anyways if you ever need me call me, no matter where you are, no matter how far!
Sarah B Sista
Sarah B Sista
Angel, Thank you so much for everything, you are my lifesaver. I have learned so much from this house and about myself, you have put so much in perspective for me and have helped me to see things differently. I have learned responsibility accountability and for the most part love and tolerance. Recovery is first and I will take that with me while moving on, this has been the best experience of my life!
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