Like so many of the people we serve, Marty’s journey started as part of a close-knit family, married, and working in a good job as a cook. Unfortunately, he began experiencing bouts of clinical depression and quickly declined without access to necessary resources. Self-medicating, Marty’s addiction led to losing connections with his family and experiencing homelessness. After more than thirty years living on the streets, Marty finally connected with the MHASP Peer Support Team. He enrolled in the Homeless to Home peer recovery program and began his powerful journey of recovery supported by peers.
This year, Marty moved into his first home since 1985. With peer support, he found full time employment at Fresh Grocer. He opened a bank account and learned critical skills to effectively manage his money. Perhaps most importantly, he reconnected with his family. Indeed, Marty reflected how delighted he is to finally cook meals for his loved ones and even help pay the bills.
Like so many at MHASP, Marty is committed to passing it forward – he now volunteers at the very treatment center that helped him find and practice sobriety. And, he advocates for others by volunteering in the Recovery Walk, even marching next to the Commissioner of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Dr. Arthur Evans. As Marty continues his journey, your continued support will help him and his peers find wellness and recovery.