The following are excerpts from Hangtown Haven resident Rebecca Nylander’s profiles of the camp residents:
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CH is a mother struggling to start over. She is clean and sober. She has been the victim of domestic violence. She helps prepare meals regularly. She does shopping for those who can’t go themselves. She has immersed herself in volunteering at Green Valley Community Church.
B is an alcoholic who is in recovery. He was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. He has turned out to be a great cook, a great friend and a great communicator. He relies on our support and friendship to alleviate his fears.
JW is bipolar Schizoid affective. She requires a constant source of outside stability. Her mood can swing drastically from giddiness to sobbing to aggressive behavior. There is always at person willing to listen to her (at Hangtown Haven) or just hold her if she is upset and there is no shortage of comedians when a silly distraction is needed.