People listen to the speeches in the Recovery and Reflection Garden at The Red Door Project yesterday.
Master, Hope, Courage and Belonging. These words are painted on window boxes outside the Red Door Project at the Dublin Road and they signify what is on offer inside to people struggling with addiction.
The Red Door Project provides confidential assistance and services to individuals and families affected by drug and alcohol use.
Yesterday (June 2nd) was a red letter day at the Red Door Project because it saw the opening of a “Recovery and Reflection Garden” which was specially designed and created by volunteers and service users.
There were some short speeches of thanks to all who contributed in any way to turn what Red Door Manager Louise Mahony said was up until recently a wasteland complete with old mattresses and other rubbish, into an area of peace and tranquillity where people can sit and think about their sometimes chaotic lives or just remember friends or loved ones who have passed away.
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A couple of people who have been helped to get their lives back on track expressed their thanks. “It’s great to see people coming in and wanting to do something with their lives” one of them said.
Perhaps the most moving message however, came in the form of a letter from the mother of a young man who had been held to get clean at the Red Door, which was read out by Louise Mahony. Here’s an excerpt:
"Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting you I feel like I already know you well! I have enjoyed my weekly "post counselling banter with ***** when he would share his feelings on how things went, and he would often have me laughing at the stories he told you and how you would react.
The past few weeks, seeing him sober and clean have been wonderful. He amazes me with his strong will and determination, and please God he will be able to continue on the path that you have helped him to find. I am very proud of him and I want to thank you for believing in him and giving him the encouragement and guidance that he needed."
The Red Door Project offers support for individuals at any stage of addiction and welcome anyone who needs advice or support for themselves, a friend or a family member. You contact them on 086 - 783 1162 or 041 - 98 04957.
They rely to a great extent on public donations which are always welcome. Window boxes such as the ones referred to above are among a range of wooden garden furniture and other items that are made in the Project and are available to purchase.