“I’m saving up some money, and the moment I have enough, I am buying a lot of coffee and donuts” he says enthusiastically.
“And then, I am inviting all the other residents to my room for a house-warming party.”
Calvin never planned to stay at The Madison when he hitchhiked to Winnipeg from his community in Northern Saskatchewan.
But when his plans didn’t work out, he ended up at Siloam Mission’s shelter.
With no money left, he started losing hope – until he heard about The Madison.
“The first day here was so good,” he says, folding his laundry.
I felt welcomed right away.
I like that I have my own privacy, but that I also have friends.
And it’s helping him stay clean.
“I have been sober for ten years, but it’s a daily choice,” he says.
“This place helps. I now want to focus on being an example to others and to my siblings.”
In a few years, Calvin wants to move back to Saskatchewan. But not before throwing one final coffee-and-donut party.
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