I no longer take life for granted
This is a story from one of our clients in his words.
It all started back in Nov 2018. I was off sick from work with depression & anxiety and was feeling suicidal as I could not see any way out of my situation at the time.
I was over £25,000 in debt and I was getting phone calls, emails and letters on a daily basis from creditors chasing me for money owed.
I was under the care of the local NHS crisis team, who advised me to visit a ‘safe haven’ run by a charity called Mind. I drove down to the Safe Haven on Thorpe Rd, Peterborough one cold, wet evening. There I sat in a quiet, comfortable room with a lady and she listened to me offload all my problems. At the end of this, the lady suggested I contact a charity called Christians Against Poverty as she had known clients who CAP had helped in the past with Debt problems.
So the following day, I contacted CAP for the very first time. I can’t remember the exact day but it was in November 2018. I called CAP from home and was told there was a 3-month waiting list to see a local CAP caseworker. They did however, put me in touch with the local CAP Centre Manager, Ken Pullen.
I contacted Ken who arranged to meet up with me and also invited me to the local church services held in a local school. I attended one of these services and found the people most welcoming and friendly.
I have never been a religious person, even though I was brought up at two Convent schools as a child run by Nuns and the Catholic Church.
I would describe myself as a Christian person, in fact, more of a spiritualist through attending AA meetings for my alcohol addiction. I work a 12 Step programme of recovery to help with my alcoholism. This is a spiritual programme where we share and listen to each other's stories of alcoholism and how it took us to gates of hell.
I always felt that there was a God or a “Higher Power” but for whatever reason, I blocked the sunlight of the Spirit through my own problems, ignorance, self will etc.
I would only pray to God whenever I was in trouble with something and needed help instead of being thankful for what God had given me in my life and praising God. I often lost my Faith as nothing seemed to happen!
In February 2019, Ken got in touch for an initial appointment where he and a befriender attended my home address. I remember laying all my cards on the table and remember Ken and his befriender reassuring me that everything was going to be ok. We prayed together at the end of the session.
I carried on working with Ken and we met up regularly at a monthly coffee morning, run by Ken, where I would meet other clients CAP were helping etc. I didn’t feel alone anymore and I felt reassured that everything was going to be ok. I had kind of regained my faith in God and humanity as before all of this I felt isolated, lonely and could not see any light at the end of the tunnel.
To cut a long story short, finally in April 2020 I became debt-free thanks to the help from CAP and my debt coach Ken Pullen.
Today I have so much gratitude towards CAP and Ken in particular for being so supportive, patient and for giving me food vouchers when I had no money for food. Also for putting up with me in my darkest days when I was unable to see any light.
Today I feel happy, grateful and no longer take life for granted. I pray to my God on a daily basis and thank God for all the blessings I have received and continue to receive.
CAP and God have saved my life & restored my faith in God and humanity.
I shall be eternally grateful for all the help I have received from CAP and would love to be able to give something back to CAP as a way of saying thank you. Actions speak louder than words, so I would like to help out maybe on a practical basis as I am not yet in the position to help financially. I am also looking for work in this kind of area, where I may be of help to others going through similar problems in life.
I hope my story can be put on the Trust website or Facebook page and be of help to someone else and offer hope to anyone who may be going through similar problems in their lives.