VVSD is my family – Always will be
Robert Jors is a classic illustration of what can happen to a person who makes wrong decisions- and he freely admits that.
He completed 20 years of service in the Navy in 1998 – then came the first bad decision. Jors reconnected with an ex-girlfriend, who provided him with another connection, to methamphetamine.
“I knew it was a mistake, but they say love is blind…it sure blinded me,” Jors says, looking back at that time in his life. “I should have cut the ties, but I didn’t, and I paid for that.”
Pay he did – with time in jail and a long time on the streets, homeless. There had been several jobs along the way, none of them very good, and none of them for very long.
His first try at sobriety, in 2000, at the Fellowship Center, ended when he used drugs again on a weekend with friends. That brought about another year of homelessness, and lost hope.
Jors entered the VVSD’s New Resolve program in Escondido, an 18-month stay there gave Jors some hope that recovery was possible, until he used again.
But something then clicked. Jors isn’t sure what it was. He went to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, entering into a short term drug rehabilitation program that he successfully completed. Now came the acid test- could he stay clean?
Jors was referred to VVSD’s Veterans Rehabilitation Program (VRC) in August of 2009, knowing he was out of chances, and determined to make it work. Walking into a program where vets greeted him at the door with handshakes and hugs was huge.
“I was willing to make it work, and what VVSD gave me was the time to work on me and my problems. I needed to soul search and find out who I really was. I knew I wasn’t alone anymore.”
It took 16 months in the VRC program, but Jors graduated in 2011, and transitioned into VVSD’s Veterans on Point (VOP) transitional apartments. He took advantage of VVSD’s employment training, and completed the course in security procedures and enforcement. He is now waiting for his security guard certification from the state. He’s moved from the VOP and is now living independently in permanent housing.
Robert credits many things for his ongoing sobriety, and his general mental attitude. “First of all, God,” says Jors.
“The VA was a big help in the beginning- AA has helped a lot and still does- I attend meetings faithfully.” “But, VVSD?- that’s simple. VVSD is my family- it always will be.”
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