Freddie – Sakowitz
Compassion + Action = Peace
When Freddie was growing up in Houston’s Fifth Ward, just around the corner from New Hope Housing’s 2424 Sakowitz property, he had his eye on a better life.
“All of us have dreams,” Freddie says. “I wanted to get out of the ghetto.”
And after a stint in the Army, he set about making his dream come true.
“I had it all,” he says. “A good job, a house in the suburbs, three wonderful kids, a beautiful wife. Then I introduced crack cocaine. I thought it was harmless, but I lost my family and everything I had. I just walked away from it.”
For 20 years, Freddie spiraled down. When he hit rock bottom, he was crashing in a friend’s rundown rent house and doing minor car repairs to pick up just enough money to feed his habit.
“I was broken mentally, physically and spiritually,” he says.
When Freddie was arrested for the fifth time, he was assigned to the STAR (Success Through Addiction Recovery) Drug Court program for repeat offenders, which includes strict rehab for 90 days. It was the break he needed, and it turned his life around.
After he was released, Freddie found a job and stayed in efficiency apartments that he describes as “concrete cubbyholes.” But when he lost his job, his age and drug convictions got in the way of finding another. When Freddie became eligible for Social Security at 62, he moved into Sakowitz.
“I fell in love with it here,” he says. “I like the landscaping, and it’s so bright and clean. It’s great to be able to go into my room and have some privacy to listen to my old friends Otis Redding, Sam Cook, and Sam and Dave.”
“For some people, New Hope is a stepping stone, but I’m happy right here.”