“Unexpected” and “shocked” were the words of Terry G. when he was told that he was selected by the Case Management/Recovery Team as the Resident of the Month for July 2011. Terry stated that he was humbled by the choice and he truly appreciated the recognition, as he is making a concerted effort to achieve his goals.
Terry believes that to be successful while living at BH and to get the most out of the program it takes following the rules, understanding what BH has to offer in regard to services, and utilizing the assistance that is provided by the staff. Terry expressed his gratitude for the many things offered at BH that he has been able to use in order to achieve his goals, such as assistance to return to school, recovery support and guidance, assistance finding employment and volunteer opportunities, and the many topics discussed in the BH groups such as improving self-esteem, developing deeper spiritual beliefs, and improving the overall quality of one’s life. Terry said that all of these things have helped him increase his respect for others, deepened his spirituality, and made him a more generous and caring individual.
One can easily see how Terry is “in action” here at BH, as he returns to school at Truman College on August 23rd to pursue his RN degree with a focus on pediatrics, works part-time as a server at South Water Kitchen in the Monaco Hotel, volunteers at the Chicago Area Service Office, attends community based recovery meetings at least five times a week, is actively sponsored, and is the co-editor of the BH Resident Newsletter. For Terry, success in life comes when one is able to listen, to learn, and to be open to new experiences. He lives by the motto, “Reach one hand out to God and the other hand to helping others and then there is not a hand to pick up.”
Congratulations to our July Resident of the Month Terry G. – Keep up the good work!