A Story of Gratitude

Dear Jackie,

I just wanted to take the time to let you know how well I'm doing and to thank you for everything you did to help me get to the better place I'm at now.

I'm currently in my second year at Concordia University, specializing in English Literature. I'm studying full-time and am maintaining a full-time job as a concierge at an apartment building, which is a good job. I have another year and a half until I graduate, after which I haven't yet decided what I'll do. Maybe teach English abroad; possibly apply to graduate school right away. There are many options, more than I ever thought there would be when we first met.

I've also paid off all my debt and have contributed a lot to my savings. I was planning to travel this summer for 3-4 months all over Southeast Asia, backpacking. However, I have postponed my trip until next summer due to the pandemic. Instead, I'll keep working and saving up while getting ahead on obtaining my degree by taking a few summer courses.

Life still has its ups and downs, but I've come so far from that girl you met so long ago. I can barely remember what it felt like to be so weighed down as I was. I was in a dark hole and never thought I'd crawl out of it. I barely even had the strength to imagine the effort it would take.

Fortunately, that's no longer the case, and I'm happy more often than not. Although not everything is perfect, and I still have some things to work on, it's no longer an impossible challenge that I dread or see as insurmountable. I have every confidence that I can handle whatever curves life throws at me and have no intention of letting that outlook escape me. I will not look back and say I wish I did things differently.

I want you to know that you made a significant impact on my life, a positive one, and I owe my recovery as much to you as to myself. You gave me the tools I needed and the support I lacked. I am so grateful and wanted to take the time to recognize the work you do. It does make a difference, and I needed to make sure you, and anyone seeking your help, know that. I don't know where I'd be now otherwise, and I'm glad for where I am working towards a bright and prosperous future.

Thank you. Thank you so much for your help. Thank you for always believing in me. You always did, even when I didn't —couldn't— believe in myself. And thank you to all of Ometz for the services you offer to help people when they need it most. I consider myself extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to receive so much support from you. I hope one day I can make a positive difference in people's lives like you made in mine.

Alexis D.

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