The first week in his new home
While he is making us coffee with the balcony door open, Dennis says: “For me, the most special moment was when Bob called me into the office with the news that I was getting a house. He had actually lured me in with something else, that I had to sign something for the storage of my things. Then suddenly they said: ‘you’re selected.’ I didn’t feel anything at first, but when I got outside I thought, am I dreaming? Progress is finally in sight. I really want to stop using drugs and now that I have my house, I’m going to stop using under supervision. Now I sometimes think… maybe it all just had to be like this, meeting Bob, NAS, and now my own house.
What I missed most was a moment to myself. I often went outside so I could be alone, but I didn’t have a place to retreat to. Rest, and a decent breakfast. Decide when you go to sleep. I am a real family person, but I had nowhere to receive family because I was homeless. So I was really looking forward to that. When my sister came to visit me this week, she cried. Well, then I got emotional too.
I would really like to do something for myself now that I have my own house. I know Rotterdam so well by now, that I know places where high-quality furniture is put out with the trash because people pass away or students move all the time. I fix them up and sell them. Starting small and building up slowly… I would like that very much. But that’s quite a responsibility, and first I have a lot of other things to do, like stabilizing, getting off drugs, and finding myself again. And now first make my own little home.”