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Dell Davis member story

 

How are you doing my name is Dell Davis

My history starts on January 28, 1978 when I was born I was 7lbs 6 ounces I was a beautiful baby and but I had a rough life. I was the oldest of 5 siblings. At an early age it became clear that I had ADHD among other things. By the time I was 3 years old I was already getting in trouble at preschool and the state of Nevada wanted to take me away from my mom because it was difficult for her to take care of me and my brother and sister. My grandparents stepped in and took custody of me.

When I was 9 I moved with my grandparents from Nevada to Salt Lake city. I was put in the special education program at Rosewood Elementary, where I made a lot of friends.

I finished elementary and moved to west valley and went to Glendale Intermediate school. Kids made fun of me and teased me. So I started getting in lots of fights and getting in trouble. We moved again, in fact we moved 8 times from the age of 12-15. All of the moves made it hard for me to get anywhere with my education. I had to repeat a lot of grades. Granite School District agreed to allow me to stay enrolled in the Highland High school special education program regardless of where I lived.

By the time I was 23, I still hadn’t completed High school and I dropped out. I experienced more moves, homelessness and instability. I tried to go back to school at an adult education center. They would throw work at me and tell me to just do it. They didn’t give me any help or support. I dropped out again.

At 28 I got married and had a beautiful baby girl, Karin Lynn Davis. We moved to Arizona looking for a fresh start. Be both had mental illnesses and struggled. The state of Arizona intervened and took our daughter away from us. We were fighting a lot and I was in and out of jail. I eventually ended up in prison for 3.5 years. During that time we lost all rights to our daughter. After prison I moved back to Salt Lake and reconnected with my wife.

We were stable for about three years and then we lost our housing, she went to live with her mom and I was facing homelessness. I had been attending Alliance House and was able to get housing through them. I started the education program for about a year and have been working furiously for the last year trying to complete my education and finally get my high school diploma.

And here I am!

Throughout the years I have faced a lot of challenges and set-backs. Now I can actually say I finished something in my life. I am going to keep moving forward trying to better my life.

I thank Alliance House for getting me into housing and the chance to complete my education. I want to thank Terry, Loretta, Amber, Leif and Hayley and everyone else that has supported me at Alliance House.

I would also like to thank my in-laws for the support they have shown me and all the help they have given me throughout the years.

Congratulations to all of the graduates. Thank you all for coming and allowing me the opportunity to share my story.

 

Update: Dell is starting his first Alliance House Transitional Employment opportunity today!!! We wish him the best of luck and know he will do a great job:)

By | December 28th, 2016|Member Stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Benefits of Meditation

By, Fadumo “Fatima” Awad

I have been practicing meditation twice daily for about 6 months. I was having some hard times in my life and a friend suggested that I try meditation. Every morning when I wake up I meditate for about 20-30 minutes. I find a quiet spot in my house and turn on some of my favorite music. I have found that meditation helps me release all the bad stuff from my mind and my body. I feel less stressed and more relaxed. It helps me to have a more positive mind set and not worry so much. As a result, I am happier now than I was before.  I have found that these benefits will often last throughout the day. At night right before I get ready for bed I meditate again for another 20-30 minutes. My sleep is more restful and I don’t have pains in my back like I used to. Incorporating meditation into my daily routine has been a healthy change that has made a huge difference in my life.

By | December 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Welcome to our new staff!

by Rachael Giles

For many months the Alliance House searched for the right fit in new staff members.  It was a long and arduous journey, yet one well worth traveling for we have found three gems to join us here as staff members.

First to join us was Heather in the beginning of September.  Before working here she was employed at Odyssey House where she worked with troubled children and “learned how to build patience.”  When asked why she chose the Business Unit she simply replied “because it’s awesome!”  She has a degree in psychology from the University of San Diego.

“I always enjoyed helping people but didn’t like the clinical side.”

Her goal in the Alliance House is “to be a helpful, positive staff member, to create a positive atmosphere.”  When introduced to the Clubhouse model she said,

“I like the equality and building relationships with people… you can do that better here than in a clinic… it’s a new way of healing.”

Some of Heather’s passions include running, hiking, biking, “anything outdoors,” playing the guitar and singing.

Following Heather, Rachel joined team Alliance House in late October.  When told she was going to be joining the Business Unit she enthusiastically agreed.  Before coming here she worked in a nursing home for individuals with Alzheimer’s where she learning “dealing with all kinds of people.”  She loves that she can joke around with members who have helped her train.

“I feel like the model makes a lot of sense and stands out against other models, it’s really unique.”

She wants to be a good generalist and “help people achieve their goals.”  Upon arriving here Rachel really enjoyed the sense of freedom and radical equality surrounding the Alliance House, something that can’t be found in a clinic.  She loves hiking, embroidery, cross stitch, old movies and cats.

On November 14, 2016 Daniel became our newest staff member to join us here.  He was extremely happy to work in the Career Development Unit due to his extensive experience in job hunting.

“When I first came to Salt Lake City I was a client of Valley Behavioral Health, so I’ve been on both sides of the organization.”

Previous to the Alliance House Daniel worked at both UNI and 5 West as a psychiatric technician where he learned verbal, nonverbal and paraverbal communication.  He says his goal starting out here is to “wrap my mind around how the whole thing works and its complexities.”  He enjoys our goals of “measurable outcomes,” to help people realize their immediate goals.  Having moved around a lot in his past he knows what it is to be the outsider and loves how everyone here has included him in everything and have been “super friendly.”

In his spare time Daniel loves to draw cartoons and things including magical realism and is learning to play the guitar.

Please help us welcome all of these new amazing staff members to our loving Clubhouse model with all of our enthusiasm and passion for achieving all our goals and working as one to better the life of individuals.  Let’s make these new staff members’ goals come to life within the Alliance House.img_0972

By | December 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment