Kim moved to the Akron area 10 years ago. She realized in order to save herself, to separate herself from her addiction, she would need a change of pace with different scenery and friends.
When she arrived in Akron she didn’t have a home or a support system to help her. She relied heavily on a local shelter before checking into rehab. Though she is unable to work and receives disability, sometimes she still needs a little help at the end of the month. She’s able to cover her other expenses by having a meal or two at the local hot meal site in her neighborhood.
“I’m not beyond needing some help every now and then,” she explains. “I feel that some people have lost hope, but I'm thankful to come to a program like this, to feel worthy, to be fed, and to not worry where my next meal is coming from.”
Kim is grateful for those who have helped her put her life back together. She is an active member of her church, and has been volunteering with its pantry program for the past few years.
“I am abundantly blessed, and now I want to give back to my community in any way I can.”