"They gave me my life back."
But, in an all too familiar story, alcohol destroyed the life he was building. Once he began drinking, he couldn't hold down a job and couldn't make the rent. "It destroyed my life. Destroyed two marriages along the way. I lost everything."
He slept in the back of a car until it just got too hard to keep going. He found himself at the doors of the Lowell Transitional Living Center.
"I never thought I would end up in a shelter. At first, it was embarrassing. I'm a good person. I'm a hard worker. I didn't belong here. But sometimes you have to suck up your pride. It's better to sleep someplace warm and dry than be sleeping in the street with your pride.
At LTLC Brian found the help he needed to turn his life around. AT 46, he's now sober and living in an apartment the case managers helped him find. He works as a janitor and volunteers regularly at the center.
"I want to give back for all they did for me. They gave me my life back."