Darryl’s story

A year ago Darryl  was recovering from drug and alcohol abuse after living on the streets. Today he is the proud father of a beautiful three-month-old baby and has a job he loves at a luxury hotel in London’s West End.
He came to the Centre from a rehabilitation programme determined to change his life forever and with the help and support of our staff did just that.

“It’s a complete turn around, I am becoming everything I imagine I should be.  It’s great, I’ve got a girlfriend and a baby and a job.  So much has happened.  I’m not on any benefits at all and within 18 months I have become fully self-supporting, I don’t drink at all, have no debts.   I would never have been able to do it without the Cardinal Hume Centre.  Sometimes I think it has all been too fast but I can deal with all of it now,” said Daryl.

While at the Centre Darryl joined the cooking, literacy and numeracy and IT skills training classes and  relapse prevention groups but what was most important to him was finding a job so he could become independent again.

“I really didn’t know what I wanted to do but the Employment team helped me to dig deep, to look at what I really wanted to do – what excited me the most. Then they helped me to look at job opportunities, prepare a CV and find volunteering opportunities to get some experience of working. They gave me good tips, stuff I would never have thought of.”

When the Centre held a recruitment session with St. John’s Hotel, the Employment Team encouraged Darryl to get involved. “I’d never have thought I could do a job like that. But they said I could do it and gave me a lot of support.”

Darryl passed the interview with flying colours and was offered a job as Porter. Within a few months he was promoted to night manager. “I love it, absolutely love it. Having the responsibility and the trust from my manager is fantastic.”

Darryl is just one of many people work who come to the Centre every day, desperate for help. We know that with support from the Centre, people can change their life for the better.

But we can’t do it without you.

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