Josh’s Story

My doctor referred me to Intermediate Christian Home (ICH) when I had nowhere else to go. I was severely depressed, anxious and had frequent crying spells. My relationship with my father was strained and I lost my mother to cancer at age 17. I was unable to maintain a job or housing. Things changed. Thanks to God! Being in a clean environment, helped me to deal with my issues rather than bury them with drugs or alcohol. I was using drugs for about 15 yrs on and off. God strengthened me at ICH. I overcame drugs, smoking and video game addiction which was a 10 hr a day past-time.In this home, I learned to budget money, cook and accept responsibility. I am now employed  as a cook in a restaurant and I sponsor a child in a poor country. In 2016, I moved to a family home near a great church and joined the worship team. I still attend sessions at ICH and I help them out. God provided for me when I accepted His help! I am very thankful and I share my story often in order to help others.

John’s Story

“Before I moved to the Christian home in Cambridge, I lived with about 20 people in a government run home and shared my bedroom. I was always waiting in line for my cigarettes and medication which were locked up. I felt like a vegetable. Everything was done for us, meals were prepared with no options. Forms were filled out for me. I didn’t even know how to ask for a bus pass. It was too expensive. I had $132/month left over and had to pay for my bus pass from that. Suddenly something changed. My mother was praying for a Christian home for thirty years and a vacancy came up so I moved in. The home is quiet and I got my own private room. It’s a better deal because I had $400 left over and this makes life more enjoyable.

Life skills
At ICH I started to believe that I can do the things that I like. I prayed for supernatural wisdom and God helped me to concentrate so that I could get back into art with pencil and pen. I learned how to organize myself, do my laundry, clean, cook, attend doctors’ appointments, and use a cell phone.

Spirituality
At ICH, I gained confidence to pray and read my Bible to the group. I stayed away from church for 24 years because someone told me that I couldn’t smoke as a Christian. But now I go to Cornerstone church and people are kind and give me gifts even though I don’t know why. That’s never happened before. I pray a lot for the persecuted church in other countries. On a monthly basis, I sponsor poor children in Sri Lanka because they don’t have anything.

Moving On
Now, I’m thankful to God to be moving on after 4 years on a waiting list for subsidized housing. After all these years, I never thought I would have my own bachelor’s apartment.