Harmony House made all the difference in my life. I’m Lisa. I want to share with you how I came to Harmony House and how its programs and staff helped me.
I spent most of my life on Vancouver Island. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what caused me to hit rock bottom. It’s never easy to tell. Event followed by event, like a chain of dominos… each knocking down the next.
I can tell you that I found myself in a terrible relationship. Although I was afraid to leave, I rallied my courage and ended the relationship.
After leaving my toxic relationship, I made the journey from Vancouver to Kelowna. Living in Kelowna allowed me to be closer to my family. Thankfully, my son told me about Harmony House: a faith-based, sober home for women in Kelowna.
“At Harmony House, I learned how to live in community. I discovered…it’s okay if things take a turn for the unexpected. I learned in order to move forward, sometimes I have to let go.”—Lisa
I took a chance and contacted the director of Harmony House to see if they had room for me. I’m so grateful that their answer was yes. At Harmony House, I was given the support I needed.
Harmony House doesn’t have maximum stay deadlines. That meant that no one was rushing me to leave. I could stay at Harmony House until I was whole, until I could support myself on my own. They offered me a secure and loving community.
I loved going to the Easter dinner, hosted by Kelowna’s Gospel Mission.
I will never forget the rich, comforting aromas of roasted turkey, savoury gravy and buttery mashed potatoes. Surrounded by compassionate hearts and friendly faces, I remember the warmth that comes from acceptance and generous hearts.
At Harmony House, I learned how to live in community. I discovered it’s important to ask before doing something that might affect others, and that it’s okay if things take a turn for the unexpected. I learned in order to move forward, sometimes I have to let go.
Harmony House helped me to find my confidence. At the home, everyone calls me Miss Fix-It because I became the resident expert on recycling and repurposing.
Today, Harmony House has empowered me to run my own cleaning business. I also work as a companion for elderly people. They’re so generous with me, sharing wisdom and welcoming me like family.
I’m grateful to the staff at Harmony House for their love and support. They changed my life. I may be moving on, but I’m taking Harmony with me in my heart.