You probably would not expect a 1979 graduate with a business degree from one of the state universities to live at McCreesh Place. But, hard times can hit anyone.
Upon graduating from college, John worked many years as a sales person of textile machines. Although John was happily married and had worked consistently since he was 14 or 15, he started drinking everyday as a teenager and continued to do so. He was, as he says, a “functioning alcoholic.”
In 2008, John was downsized from his job, his mother passed away, he lost his home, and his wife left him after 23 years. His life spiraled out of control and he used alcohol to self-medicate. He hit rock bottom and lost absolutely everything by 2010. He had become a lost man.
John was able to stay with his brother for a little while, but they decided John should enter a detox center. After successfully completing that program, John lived in transitional housing for two years. He wanted to find an affordable place to live, which led John to McCreesh Place in 2012. “This is a great place to have in Charlotte. It’s a safe place, and an affordable place for me.”
John has been clean and sober for five years now, and he currently works at Target. He typically works 30-35 hours a week, and he is working getting a full-time schedule. John shares that “the best thing about my life now is that I have been able to maintain my sobriety. It’s been a blessing for me to live here. This program is useful, and I hope it continues to grow.”