journey with Carmelina’s Home begins with a few easy
- Contact the Executive Director of Carmelina's Home by telephone.
- Schedule a personal interview.
- Upon acceptance and prior to admission, you must:
- Provide a
one month's advance program fee payment.
- Be detoxified.
- Complete a full medical examination. Provide a psychiatric
history and referral as required in cases of dual diagnosis or
Our Success Speaks for Itself.
first step is hard, the middle is the hardest, but the accomplishment
at the end is immeasurable.
The following unedited submissions were written by two residents
who were nearing the completion of their stay with the Carmelina's
Home - formerly Mater Dei - program.
The Gift of Life
"Upon entering the program, I wanted to leave. In all honesty,
I did not want to face my past behaviours and their consequences,
nor did I want to contemplate my future because I was afraid of
facing reality. Through the unflagging efforts of the Sisters and
staff, I slowly began to change.
Though my stay in the program
has been nothing short of turbulent, I believe I have been given
the gift of life; that is, the chance to start over. In essence,
my being in the program saved my life, and for this I am eternally
The Chance to Start Over
to recovery began nine months ago when I said, 'I have no control
of my life. I will join the program.
When events that traumatized
me as a child surfaced, I was constantly escaping my reality. Having
no head on my shoulders, I became involved in a gang and began
experimenting with drugs. Consequently, I lost the trust of my
parents and close friends. I was no longer living at home or going
When I arrived, I was in a state
of depression. For me, there was no way to untangle my shame, guilt
and ruined relationship with my family.
Thanks to the program and the
support from my loving parents, the Sisters, counselors and the
residents, I am no longer hiding and escaping. I am free to be
myself. Being only 16 years old, I feel that I was gifted with
this chance so early in life. I can finally and gladly say, 'I
have control of my past, present and future.'