Beyond the Snapshot: "I'm not a statistic, I'm a human being."

Steve Fletcher shares his story about overcoming his addictions and turning his life around. Photo  by Mary Anne Funk.
Steve Fletcher shares his story about overcoming his addictions and turning his life around. Photo by Mary Anne Funk.

Weekly Episode

Story and Interview

Today's episode helps us to see beyond the snapshot that we take of someone when we first see them and the judgements we place on them at that moment. It helps us to see that there is more to a person than what you see in a single moment. Today's episode also helps us to understand that change doesn't happen over night and if we truly want to help someone, we must be there for the long haul.

 

 


On today's podcast, Michael talks with his long time friend, Steve Fletcher

Michael and Steve met each other nine years ago when Steve was homeless and deep in his addictions. Meeting Michael was the most significant event that started him on the path of recovery, Steve told us. It was then that Steve's life began to turn around as Michael ministered to him in a way that made sense to Steve. 

Steve talks about how his addictions affected his life, how it caused him to lose his job and how he became homeless. He talks about what his life was like before becoming homeless and he talks about that defining moment in which he put drugs down for good.

Two years ago, Steve found out he has liver cancer and without treatment he was going to die within six months. "Living was the first thing that crossed my mind", Steve said. "I'm not a statistic, I'm a human being."

 

While homeless, Steve stayed productive by working side jobs and helping others who were homeless. 

Steve shares his personal experience and understanding of how to help people who are homeless.