Hannah* was 14 when she came to Youth Off The Streets. In her short life she’d endured tremendous hardship. Her boyfriend, a 42-year old heroin dealer, was violent and abusive. She was addicted to heroin herself.

Looking back, it was a terrifying time. “I was that far gone that even the church groups wanted nothing to do with me,” says Hannah.

Life was spiralling out of her control. Hannah was homeless and working as a prostitute to pay for drugs. She was mentally ill and desperate for help.

Youth Off The Streets gave Hannah a chance to prove herself and turn her life around.

Hannah entered the Dunlea Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Service program. The Dunlea program is designed for young people dealing with all kinds of drug and alcohol issues. Hannah needed to find new ways of living her life without drugs – and that’s what happened at Dunlea.

With the support of Father Riley and his youth workers, she found a path out of her addiction and back into life. Without their help, she says, “I’m sure that I would still be living in the gutter as a useless heroin addict.”

Father Riley taught Hannah not to be a victim. With courage and the support of the Youth Off The Streets team, she’s put the trauma behind her. “I now look into the future instead of dwelling in the past.”

*Name changed for privacy reasons

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