One of our residents who recently moved into her own home received the Phoenix Award from BHR! BHR is Behavioral Health Resources in Olympia, WA. BHR is a multi-county provider for mental illness and addiction recovery services. They offer therapy, outpatient treatment, psychiatry, crisis management, medication management, and many other services.
As BHR states, “The Phoenix Awards are designed to celebrate those who have used their strength to rise from the ashes of mental illness and addiction, and, those who have helped them do so. By honoring and celebrating the achievements of these special people in our community, we hope to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and/or addiction and to promote the understanding that mental illness and addiction is treatable. Sponsored by the BHR’s Community Mental Health Foundation and hosted by Olympia Federal Savings, this event celebrates lives made healthier through the skills and generosity of our community.”
Congratulations Arin. We are so proud of you!
Here is the nomination our Program Manager Raul Salazar wrote about Arin:
Arin Long was one of the original residents of Quixote Village. She was a resident when the village was just a tent camp. She moved into Quixote Village on December 24, 2013 and was a resident until June 30, 2017.
Arin had a long history of drug use, which was a major part of her life when she came to Camp Quixote. Many traumatic events in her life contributed to this addiction. As soon as she transitioned from the camp to Quixote Village, staff began working with Arin to provide her with the services needed to overcome her addictions. Arin struggled with the process of getting clean and sober, as many people often do. It was not easy and she was on the verge of losing her housing at Quixote Village on a few different occasions. Staff never gave up on her and Arin never gave up on herself. Despite going through not only her addiction to drugs, but also the loss of a close friend, Arin made the decision to enter a 60 day in-patient treatment program. She completed the program with flying colors and returned to Quixote Village, where her housing unit was being held for her.
Upon her return, Arin began to involve herself in activities that would benefit her and others in various ways. She received her high school diploma through South Puget Sound Community College, she paid off existing court debt to renew her driver’s license, she attended regular recovery meetings, she obtained employment, and she purchased a vehicle. Arin also became a member of the Quixote Village Resident Committee. A group of residents that are voted onto the committee by other residents. The committee assists staff with daily tasks, provide guidance to new residents, and plan various resident social events. Arin was a major contributor to the committee.
After all her success, it was clear to staff, that Arin was ready for life beyond Quixote Village. Although staff would have been happy to have Arin stay at the Village for much longer, she made the decision to move out and share a rental home with her significant other. Arin moved out at the end of June, 2017 and has continued to maintain her successful ways. She is excelling at her job and is enjoying the life she has created for herself. She maintains regular contact with Quixote Village residents and staff. It should be noted, Arin has been clean and sober for over two and a half years now.
Arin is a great example of what can be accomplished when someone obtains stable housing and access to services. She is also a great example of hard work and determination. Although the process was difficult, Arin never gave up. She believed in herself and what she could accomplish. Quixote Village staff appreciate the opportunity to nominate Arin Long for an annual Phoenix Award. We believe she is very deserving of this honor.