Our Stories

I Am Ready

Although I was very afraid when I first came to SisterHouse, I know that God sent me here. I am so grateful for all the staff and other ladies, my sisters.  I feel energized and empowered. Today, I actually can say that I love myself. I am ready, thanks to SisterHouse.

Submitted by a Phase III resident, 2018

Self Work

When I first got to SisterHouse, I was broken, mentally, spiritually and physically.  The staff and other women of the house welcomed me with open arms and helped me to work on myself.  Today, I am peaceful and moving forward.  I really love SisterHouse.

Submitted by C. Franklin, 2018 Phase II Resident

‘Big Sisters’

SisterHouse is a very good and structured recovery home that truly helps women who want to turn their life around. They even game me a nickname.  It’s nice to know that I have some Big Sisters.

Submitted by Lil Bit, 2018 Phase I Resident

A New Me

It is an honor and a privilege to be at SisterHouse. When I came in April, 2009, I was willing. As I stepped through the door, I felt “I belong here!” I have had several challenges and SisterHouse offered the solution. I do belong.

For the first 90 days I attended intensive outpatient therapy. Currently I am attending a job readiness program called CARA. For me, the transformation has begun. My self-esteem is high, I feel empowered and I am beautiful. I am strong and confident. At the door that first day, I had none of the attributes; four months later, I am aware of these gifts.

SisterHouse has helped me to see me with new eyes. It has helped me to reestablish family relation­ships. The greatest relationship of all is the one I have with God. As a direct result of meditation I have developed a personal relationship with my God and it is awesome!

I must thank Ms. Rochelle and Sister Shannon for being powerhouse role models. They have taught me how to love me no matter what. I am truly blessed and highly favored!

Submitted by Johnette, Alumna

My Stay at SisterHouse

When I arrived at SisterHouse for my assessment, I did not know what to expect. I did not know anyone. All I knew was that I did not want to use and I would do anything it took to live that change. I was willing – just like I was once willing to get one more.

On my way to the office that day I looked into the Meditation Room and saw some ladies sitting in there so I just imagined me sitting in there, too. IT WORKED! Here I am at SisterHouse!

I began on February 26, 2008. I found out that Ms. Rochelle wants the best that life has to offer for me. She taught me integrity and that I could depend on God to supply my needs. Eighteen months later, I still thank her. She was so right on.

I am an active member of a church, I am deepening my spirituality, and I am learning responsibility, accounability, respectfulness and a whole lot of humility. I am blessed to work at Healthcare Alternative Systems, H.A.S., to be of service to other suffering addicts. I have a sponsor and go to meetings regularly. SisterHouse has given me hope and confidence so that I do not have to use about anything ever again in life, living it one day at a time.

SisterHouse is like a transformation home. I came spiritually , mentally, and physically broken but, thank God, I got better. Currently I am Senior Resident and being SR is teaching me REAL HUMILITY! But guess what? I am going to need it out there when I make my transition to leave SisterHouse.

Now SisterHouse is allowing me to save money and give back a portion that was freely given to me when I first walked through the doors. SisterHouse is free but the price I pay is my time. SisterHouse is home away from home and one of the learnings is that there are consequences for anything you do. The best is to avoid doing what is not in the will of God for you.

Submitted by Sandra, Alumna

An Alum’s SisterHouse Experience

I started at SisterHouse just like all the women here looking for a new start on life, after years being lost within the world and myself, not having a God of my own. My first contact with SisterHouse director, Rochelle Sims, was that most important assessment. Many applicants shine during this process but me it was like a visit to the dentist! I had nothing to offer yet, for some amazing reason, Ms. Rochelle looked past such a horrible interview and gave me a chance.

The biggest adjustment for me was getting in tune with the day in the Meditation Room. I did not understand then but now I realize that that was where and how to learn about God, self and sobriety. The second challenge was getting used to the ‘other’ ladies. I thought I would never learn to like them but those ladies are now my friends and family. Today we can laugh at the moments we shared in the growth process.

Did I get into trouble? Yes, trying to take back my will from God and this program. Did I learn from any and all my consequences? Yes, I remember why and how it af­fects my thought process today. I do the right thing not the next right thing.

The SisterHouse program has five major components: to start the recovery process from substance abuse; to work with a Sponsor; to attend a job training program (CARA) or school (GED or College); to get a job; and to obtain your own living situation. Today I keep my recovery up front, I continue to work with my sponsor, go to school, work, and, yes, I maintain my own apartment.

If it were not for SisterHouse, the listening and under­standing, my goals would not been reached. September 2009 I will be graduating from The Illinois Institute — Chicago with an AAS in Culinary. During my school years I was able to use SisterHouse in several school projects: one was when I acquired my Safety and Sanitation License and the last requirement was an I1-week internship where I assisted the ladies in menu planning, shopping and education on nutrition. Upon graduating, I will return to college to begin working towards my BA in Hospitality Man­agement.

I started my own catering business, “DREAMS COME TRUE we cook for you”. It is small but I am not giving up. I continue to work in a variety of hotels. I am truly thankful for SisterHouse and there is nothing I would not do to ensure that this program continues.

I give back by volunteering—sharing my experience, strength and hope with the residents. Sometimes I prepare a meal—that is why I am aka The Chef. I just continue to give hope as the hope was given to me.

Submitted by Lynne, Alumna