by Darren Rose
On my first day at the Shore which is almost a week ago, I remember feeling really nervous and out of place. I worried whether or not I would fit in. I came here on my first day with my therapist Kelly from the EISS program and she drove me to the Shore House. In the car she told me what they were about and she encouraged me to go to this place. Kelly felt that it would help me make lots of friends and that it had good peer support. I was greeted by Faith and Abbie and they were the friendliest people I ever meet and then I would meet Bailey and Susan on my second day there were also really friendly. They were excited about me joining their group. They smiled and showed me around the place they showed me and explained to everything they do for the place. They told me that staff, members and volunteers are all equal and make contributions to Shore house which would be renamed Shore Clubhouse. What I feel Shore house has done for me is give me a higher sense of self-esteem and friendship. I really appreciated when Abbie one of staff said I had a nice face. And how she helped educate me on the all of the Shore house duties. I really appreciate Susan for her generosity like when she bought sub sandwiches for our group and drove us to the Brian’s concerts. She also bought me a coffee when I didn’t have any money and I’m forever grateful. I also like to thank Faith and Bailey for working with me on job duties around the Shore House and for training me in job duties and just being someone to talk too when I felt lonely. I really appreciate Brian being a great driver and, I appreciate his patience when picking me up and how quickly he arrives to my house. I remember when I filling out my application all the Shore house staff walked back in room with me so I wouldn’t feel lonely. The staff that work here are so warm and friendly. I don’t feel so lonely anymore and I feel like I have a purpose and that I have friendship here. I’ve done a lot of different jobs here Abbie always appreciates it that I’m so eager to sign up for everything. She told that the Shore House skills are transferable to other jobs and that Shore House takes a lot pride in having working members in their group. The kinds of jobs I’ve signed up were social media and salad prep. I would write posts on the internet supporting and promoting the Shore House which is such great place to work just like main job Wegmans. I worked putting the lettuce and tomatoes and cucumbers into the salad with Faith as She made grill cheese sandwiches and the sandwiches were absolutely delicious She also showed me that She also likes fried chicken and that’s my favorite thing to eat, and that was what she was having for lunch on my second day at the Shore house. I‘ve worked answering the phones for people calling the Shore house. I remember checking the answering machine with Abbie and thought it was funny when soap lady left a message about giving the shore house soap. I’ve also made calls out to notify the riders about when there pick up time would be. One of Shore House members loved how I want to did everything I can to make the Shore house grow. I want to say a finial thank you to all Shore House staff, volunteers and members for their continued support of me and our program thank you
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