Growing up in a household with abuse and addiction, Aaron left home at age thirteen and quickly went down a dangerous path. He moved from city to city, often mixing with the wrong crowd. He began using and selling drugs, and his life started to spiral out of control.
Eight years ago, Aaron was in a tragic accident that left him a double amputee. He was without a home, and completely entrenched in a drug addiction that jeopardized his physical and mental health. Addiction combined with mobility impairment left Aaron feeling hopeless. He hit rock bottom and knew he had to make big changes to improve his life.
“I didn’t want to deal with life,” Aaron said.
Aaron has been a client with Accessible Housing’s Bridge to Home program for over a year. He feels supported by his caseworker, and recently moved into a spacious accessible apartment in Calgary, a new home where he can now work towards meeting his goals. With the help of his caseworker, Aaron is building his confidence and working on creating new, healthy relationships. He is pursuing studies at Bow Valley College, and shares his personal experience to groups of teenagers at Tsuu T’ina Nation. He gets great joy from expressing himself creatively in slam poetry and presents his work at different slam poetry events in the city.
“I have been sober for over two years now. Accessible Housing has been an important part of my healing. I was never one to ask for help, but I feel very supported.”