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The following is a true account, the name has been changed.
Lucas had just turned 19 years of age when he arrived at the gates of
Crawley Open House.
He had been in and out of foster care most of his life after suffering from
sexual abuse from a birth parent. The scars of this abuse meant he had
immense difficulty in forging adult relationships and friendships.
Lucas freely admitted using substances and smoking alot of Spice which contributed to a deterioration in his mental health issues.
As a resident of Crawley Open House, Lucas attended appointments to address his mental health and addiction problems and his well-being improved dramatically. Crawley Open House arranged with partners for Lucas to enter a rehabilitation programme and after six months of treatment, moved into a studio flat.
The Crawley Open House Outreach Resettlement team supported Lucas in his studio flat for six months, helping him gain employment, a job which he still has today.
Lucas said "Without Open House, I wouldn't have had the encouragement and support to help myself. I want to thank everyone there for everything they did"
You can help people like Lucas.