Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement August 2020

Stories from the Basement

Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc.


Donna Clark, Director

Most of us have been struggling with lack of motivation, depression, and fear during these unprecedented times. Although Public Health Providers have been predicting this pandemic for years, it still is scary when it is on our front doorstep. Life is very difficult for those of us who count on interacting with others, whether it be through church, bible studies, therapy sessions, group counseling, or support meetings. Things have been difficult for our clients who have worked so hard to become straight and stay away from drugs, alcohol, or other addictions. The lack of counseling and support groups has caused several to “fall off of the wagon” and the self-loathing they experience is heart breaking. One client lost his sobriety of four years and hated himself so much that he was spinning in a cycle that led nowhere. Fortunately, we were able to get him into care and he is back on the path to recovery.

We tend to take all of the things we encounter in life so personally. Almost as if God was telling us that He is mad at us and this is His punishment. We have to step back and realize that, although He cares for each and every one of us, there is a bigger picture out there and it’s not always about us. We live in a big world and bad things happen to good people. It is a world of free choice and a huge world that is in constant change. The one constant we can hold on to is the fact that God loves us. He forgives us and welcomes us into His arms for comfort. We can’t change the world around us but we can trust in our Father.


Psalm 121: 1-8