Dave's story

Dave Younan found himself knocking on the doors of St. Michael’s Withdrawal Management Service in downtown Toronto in 2007. He was homeless and addicted to crack cocaine and heroin.

“I was hopeless. That day I made the choice to either end my life or find help,” he says. “The people here answered the door and let me in.” That was the beginning of Dave’s road to recovery.

Tom is the heart of this place—his work doesn’t stop at the end of the day or for the weekend. He is dedicated to helping everyone here.
– Dave Younan

“Tom took me in and wasn’t going to let me go. He knew I wouldn’t survive. His choice to keep me here as long as I needed saved my life.”

Tom Henderson is the manager of St. Michael’s Withdrawal Management Service. He has seen hundreds of men like Dave come into the service desperate for help and leave with renewed hope. As Dave puts it, “Tom is the heart of this place—his work doesn’t stop at the end of the day or for the weekend. He is dedicated to helping everyone here.”

It’s been a long road for Dave, but he made it. Dave has been accepted to begin George Brown College this fall. “I owe everything I’ve accomplished during my three years of recovery to Tom and the staff,” he says. “I wouldn’t be here if they didn’t answer the door that night.”

Hospital Fact: In 2009/2010, St. Michael’s Withdrawal Management Service helped 535 individuals like Dave manage their addiction