Debbie's Story

“My two children and I went to One Eighty to escape Domestic Violence. At the beginning all I needed was a safe place for my children. While in the shelter I received counseling and other support. All I wanted was to find a job, get my kids in school and create a routine. I wanted to feel normal.

To get my life back, I took classes in money management, how to save money on groceries and budgeting. Once I found a job we moved from the shelter into an apartment. When you’re in the Housing Assistance program like I was, my rent was based on my income. This helped me find stable housing, keep working and create a small savings—all at the same time.

Going through a crisis also exposed me to hundreds of acts of kindness. A kind family from Orrville charged me little for a decent vehicle. Dozens of families from throughout Wooster and Wayne County donated furniture and other household items so we can furnish our first apartment. And others helped with after-school activities so that I wouldn’t miss work. I never thought I would ever need help. People I didn’t know helped me. Along with the support from One Eighty’s Shelter and Housing programs, life is good. It’s a blessing to be part of a caring community.”

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At MOCA House I have mad friends in places where I never would have looked. They have excepted me and helped me through so many emotional battles. It’s nice to know you are never alone!

MOCA House is a place where people cultivate hope and compassion. It’s a place where I learned to see a future and start rebuilding my life with the help of my peers. Truly a great place.

MOCA brought out creativity that was within me. There’s a lot of support at MOCA and gave me tools to help to deal with what life throws at us and how to manage life issues.

MOCA House has helped me a lot by giving me the support that I need. I have learned so much about my mental illness. The stuff that I learned has helped me in my recovery. If it wasn’t for MOCA House I would be in a very bad state of mind and not even know why. I wouldn’t have the knowledge of mental illness if it wasn’t for MOCA House. I would refer anybody that has a mental illness or wants to learn about how to take care of someone with a mental illness to come to NAMI/MOCA.

I would like to share what MOCA has done for me. First, I want to share my background. I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder two years ago. I kept to myself for one and a half years. I am now finding the support I need from MOCA House. I started out small by attending the Monday night support group. I then gradually started coming on Fridays for lunch. It has provided me a place to share my love for baking by bringing a dessert to share with everyone. The staff and peers all enjoy lunch together along with playing games. The joy I have received from MOCA has given me a purpose to continue in my recovery and to help others in sharing my story.

With help from MOCA House I have learned some new and better coping skills. I am learning how to communicate with others in a healthy way. I get the human contact that I need. I have been very busy getting better and MOCA has helped me immensely.

MOCA House has been and still is an extremely positive experience for me. I attend support groups each week. All of the people at MOCA House truly care about you. I’ve met many new friends and I trust everyone. I have been able to socialize and be interactive with other people. It’s a place where you can be open and not be judged by anyone.

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