Today was the day, that Mission Services officially rolled out a new program, to treat men with addictions.
At the age of 59, Bill Ward is putting his life back together. “You know i had the BMW parked in the front driveway. That’s kind of where i was 10 years ago, and in two years, I was sleeping in the back of my van.”
It was a familiar story, rooted in familiar reasons. “It was a whole bunch of activities. Gambling being one of them. Drugs just became another part of that. It was really…everything was to do with escape.”
Mission Services had been running men’s addiction programs for nearly four decades. But when Paddi Bowen took over two years ago, she felt the program needed more. “I think we need to look at this. I think we need to review our programming. Let’s just check out where it could go. And in order to make that happen, we brought somebody in to be the kind of agent of change. The person who would move that process along.”
Ashley Ward, turned out to be that agent. Originally from Toronto, she found something special in Hamilton. “Hamilton has a very much a collaborative vibe to it. So you get to see different voices being brought in.”
And one of those voices, belonged to Bill and others like him, who put the client, back into client services.