My name is Jason Freestone. I attended the Triangle Program in September 2009. I came into the program a man who had lost his way. The only life I knew was one of complete chaos, drug use, alcoholism, and too put it nicely, I hurt a lot of people. I thought there was no hope for me. The Triangle staff along with the self assessments really showed me the positive aspect of my life, which I had been missing for so long. The assessments showed me I did have values and morals and that I was running on a distorted belief system. Also the other men in the class saw, and also told me they saw real potential in me. The program helped build up my self esteem and self confidence witch I have struggled with for a long time. Was one of the best decisions of my life to attend the 6 week program. To the present day with the help from the staff, I’m fulltime employed at a job I’m really happy at. I believe without the encouragement and positive attitudes of the staff I would not be where I am today. I am proud to say I am coming up on 1 year sober and things have never been better for me. I’m starting to believe in myself more and more everyday and owe a really big thanks to the Triangle program.
I am a graduate of the RITE program at Triangle Community Resources in Chilliwack. Triangle was an amazing program that did much more than help me find work, Triangle helped me to find myself. Not only was I able to find employment immediately upon graduation, the facilitators have continued to show me support and encouragement. Once I secured a job Triangle helped me to get prepared for work by taking me to get appropriate work boots and clothing. They even drove me to my job interview! As of today, I have been at my job for six months and I owe it all to Triangle and the amazing staff that implement it!
I signed up for the RITE program with the hope that it would be the bridge I needed to re-enter the workforce. 2 ½ years previous, I had a massive breakdown. I was severely depressed and actively suicidal. I was plagued with anxiety attacks. I spent 6 weeks under psychiatric care at LMH, and was over-medicated when I was released. It took over a year to wean myself off of the 10+ medications. As of June 10, 2008 I was med-free. Unfortunately I had gained 70 lbs, become extremely unconfident and had no sense of direction. My body was ravaged. My mind was a fog. I had trouble concentrating. I did not know how I was ever going to re-enter the workforce after such a long absence. I was stuck.
I chose this program because it had structure, being Mon-Fri 9-3. I needed to know that I could commit to that, and be present for the entire period. I was hesitant for the first couple of weeks in the program as no one else in the class seemed to relate to my issues, but I was committed to my own progress so I stuck with it. I am so glad that I did. I found that the facilitators, Wayne and Annette, were very supportive and encouraging. I started to learn about things that I was never taught in high school, such as anger management; personality styles; conflict resolution and accountability. I was surprised by the quality of the program. I found it very comprehensive. I really enjoyed taking all of the personality tests. They gave me a broad picture of myself, and how my traits are affective in the workplace. They reinforced that my chosen career path is a good fit for me. The program as a whole has helped build my confidence and self-esteem.
It has been a wonderful, challenging journey of self-discovery. WRITE taught me how to approach an employer with confidence, and how to sell my abilities and skills to them. It taught me how to answer tough interview questions such as ‘why did you leave your last job?’The mock interview is an incredible tool. I found that watching myself on tape, in that setting, was very enlightening. I also appreciated all of the class feedback. I would recommend this program to anyone who is struggling with esteem and confidence issues. It is designed in a logical format that slowly builds you up without you even knowing it. You get what you put in, so if you are committed to your success, this program will help you soar. I have already started to apply for jobs, and am completely confident, even excited, about the coming interviews. I cannot express my gratitude enough to Triangle Resources. This program has given me so much hope. Thank you!
This course enlightened me and made me realize a true picture of myself. Just knowing where to start has made this journey easier and assures me of my future success. I have a more open mind, less negativity and have a positive outlook. This process that you put people through is very useful and it is because of the staff going outside of the norm to offer comfort and help everyone here and their unique approach that makes it a success.