In 2012, Michael was suddenly terminated from his job and as a result lost his apartment. He had nowhere to go until one day a friend told him about The Lighthouse and Safe Harbor. Michael immediately applied and was accepted into Safe Harbor. Two days later he began working through the Reliable Program and now after two years of working for Electrolux, Mills is proud to say he has never missed a day of work. He plans to eventually move to Springfield to be closer to his job. He believes that Safe Harbor has also helped him to reestablish his relationship with God. Michael wants to encourage others to know that everything is going to work out the way it is meant to work out; and to just be patient and look for your blessings.
Robert, what brought you to Safe Harbor?
I was in prison and I felt like I needed a program to get me out of prison and to get my life back on track. I also needed something that would help get me back in my 4 year old son’s life.
What was the best and the worst that you experienced at Safe Harbor?
The worst was having to do another stint in a recovery facility because the other ones; I have been in three, did not work for me. The best thing was being able to get another chance at life and to be able to start fresh.
How has Safe Harbor helped you?
It helped me grow spiritually, mentally, physically and has enabled me to realize what I have to do to be in my son’s life and to manage a productive life of my own.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself having a good job or career in the JATC electrical union. I see myself having a great relationship with my family, being a householder and being clean and sober.
What advice can you give to other students just starting in the Nehemiah Program?
Keep your head up because it is what you make of it. You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Make sure you’re doing this for yourself and doing it for the right reasons. There may not be another chance.