Reuben struggled with problematic drug use and addiction over a period of 30 years. 

He tried to fight addiction on his own several times, all with varying levels of success, but eventually went to a rehabilitation centre for support. After spending 15 months there, he came to Ahava – then known as Hope4Havering – as a volunteer, before becoming a support worker. However, when he fell back into addiction, he lost his job, and his property – one of our initial Thrive houses. He then returned to the rehabilitation centre for a further two years.

He returned to Ahava a year ago as a volunteer and worked his way back up, finding it very humbling. Reuben was our Transport and Logistics Manager, however now he has moved on to a different position, Project Development Manager. He said “The charity exists for people like myself, to help people who come out of chaotic and difficult lifestyles, and to seek help and stay on that path to recovery.” He enjoys using his skills to help the charity and to help others, and although he admits that for the majority of his life he didn’t know himself, he now says “there is hope, and it is possible to get out.”