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Veda said on Aug 1, 2018 6:32 PM

One year ago, i came here from another recovery home. I was Pleasantly surprised how very nice, clean and beautiful The Path is! I knew then that i could make it here. It is well structured with a caring counselor who has helped me put my life back on the right PATH! I will be forever grateful and thankful.

Anonymous said on Jul 28, 2018 2:35 AM

Coming to the path has really helped me be around positive supportive people while i go through recovery. It has given me the tools i need so i can continue on my journey to lead a happy and successful life.

Lowanna said on Jul 25, 2018 7:10 AM

I have been a resident here at the path recovery home for women a little over two weeks and I can truly say the path is about recovery I am grateful for this recovery home and the ladies here I feel really welcome here and Mrs Patty is wonderful I can feel the compassion thank Mrs patty​

Julie M. said on Jul 15, 2018 4:41 PM

The Path and Patty are the best thing that has happened to me in my sobriety. This is a safe, loving environment where you live, learn, and continue to grow. I consider Patty and the women at the Path as Family!!

Debra J said on Jul 14, 2018 8:35 AM

So I came to the Path about 30 days ago, I was in IOP for 90 days, then OP for another 90 days. Went through a 4week worktransformation program, and was ready to go back to the workforce. Left the recovery home, & returned to the same old people, places & things. I knew if I didn't get out of there I was gonna be doomed. I found the Path through my sober network. I will stay until I complete my education and able to support myself. It's great here...we work, pitch in on chores, and support each other. It's close to public transportation parks, library & shopping. I'm grateful to have been given a spot here...will continue to work on my sobriety.. With a clear @serene mind!!!

Tara said on Jul 13, 2018 1:13 AM

The path has been my home and yes I use the word home to describe it. I have lived here for 6 months and I have grown so much in my life and my program. Patty is amazing she treats me with respect and I have so much respect for her for what she does. I came from a half way house and I wasn’t ready to go out on my own yet and The Path is one of the best things to happen in my life.

Judy Fulton said on Jul 12, 2018 6:56 AM

The Path has been a Godsend for me. At 4 years sober and on my own, my sobriety had been put in jeopardy. The timing was “ripe” for me to explore Independent Living. I was welcomed with open arms to a fresh & clean updated home in a great neighborhood with awesome access to wherever you may need to be. New beginnings may be found here����

Jacque Elder said on Mar 11, 2017 0:32 AM

Hello world, I am alive today because of Timberline Knolls and Patti Saenz at the Path. 2 years ago, I was still very depressed and had suicidal thinking, even after 6 months at TK. I was lonely, isolated, drinking, using drugs and just miserable. I called Patti and we talked for a while and soon I was living at The Path. I knew I need to live in a community of women and I knew I needed an immersion program in AA. I got both at The Path. I lived there for 4 months, and then moved back to my apartment in Oak Park. I had 2 years clean and sober on 2/14/17. What I love about Patti is her compassion and her open mindedness. I have not run into many practitioners in the field who have those qualities and yet they are so needed! I tell people about The Path all the time and am grateful I sat next to Patti at a wedding we were both at and I poured my heart out to her. I didn't even ask about coming there to live but a few months later, I had hit my emotional bottom and I called Patti. Love you so much, Patti and love the Path women. We are awesome!

Tammy Mary Kohnke said on Feb 2, 2015 8:27 PM

My experience at the path has been one of growth, change, steps forward, steps back, ups and downs, and most of all a wonderful place to grow. I feel safe, warm, and welcomed. It is a place that I believe to be of peace where hopefully and hope-willing we ladies become able to find our own peace...sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. Everyday day, I hope and I pray, and hope for a better way than my own. Sometimes it takes a long time to unlearn and learn everything you've in-trained in your brain. Another thing I pray for is to begin my connections through my heart. I have had the best opportunity to get to meet, know, and love so many ladies, that I would not have, had it not been for the path. I do not know know where I would have been or where I would be had it not been for Patty, Joan, Clem, and every lady that I've been blessed to know. My closest connections have been the ones that are most specially surprising, just by getting to know, getting to grow, and sharing. It is not always easy, but it is the most beautiful when I am honest, open, and willing...to open my heart and my hands to a God that loves me unconditionally, ...and hope with each new day there is a purpose for my being, even when it is not always clear. And I hope that in any steps to come, I may be able to breathe through the fear, when it comes up and walk through like the womyn God sees in me. I thank you all for being here, always and gratefully, those who have come, those who have gone, those here, and those to come...you are in my heart, path sisters. Tammy/Tamala~

Susan Fencl said on Oct 14, 2014 1:19 AM

I live at the path now and I am so grateful to know Patty and all the woman who live there as well. I am coming up on 16 months and a lot played a part in that. Mostly my support I have from my family and friends (new and old) and utilizing all the tools I learned in treatment and the other recovery houses I lived in this past year and 4 months. I appreciate everyone in my life today, even negative people because they make me stronger and I still learn from them. This environment is safe and at the same time you still have the freedom to live your life. I learn and grow everyday and its amazing!!! Thank You Patty for giving me this opportunity!!! XOXO for life ladies!!!

tamala mary kohnke said on Oct 25, 2013 6:15 PM

My experience at the path has been one of grow…The opportunity it has allowed me, was one of change faith, strength, and direction. I began my journey to the path, after a catastrophic change to my life, and the life of those around me. For a moment in time, I attempted to become sober again, after a continuous self-destructive journey, after Kathleen, my partner passed. But we met in the rooms, and a wonderful journey together through sobriety and after time life began to become extremely real, changes, health, many things…but nothing was better than when we had strength, in sobriety, in faith, ourselves, and each other. After waking up continuously, maybe just the bit knowing, I had to get here, in order to get any further, I asked for help again…because, I no longer knew how to live again, as an individual, and there was no way to do it, without remembering to believe that nothing, not myself or anybody could save me, only a Higher Power, which I believe for myself to be God. I felt like the man in Forrest Gump, swooshing across the boat, in the storm, asking God if that was all that He had,..fighting, and then through and after, finally at peace….I still didn’t know how to live again, though. I have had the opportunity to grow, to wake up, do my daily affairs, chores, responsibilities…some days, still not wanting that full load. Learning to live through my sad, my anger, my fear, my tears, and sometimes just learning how to “breathe though it” again. I used to say the hardest thing for me to do was that “be still and know that I am God”, and that whatever I was going through…I was going through, not on account of me, but being held and led, by something way bigger than me. And the Path, at the Path, I am have been given the opportunity to do that with myself and through time, been able to see, experience, and at times, maybe be helpful, to another young lady, who may not know a way of faith. We talk, we share, we cry, and we laugh…eventually, it is only inevitable that you let your guard down, if you let yourself, and let something else help you. And I believe one of the most important things for me, is caring about another again. I do not believe that you could ever possible understand exactly another woman’s’ experience, but you may find that you have many similarities, and it becomes much easier, knowing you are in a safe place, you can call home, while you begin, or begin again to grow along your journey. I am very grateful to be having so much of it, at the path.

JANET LEGAN said on Apr 14, 2013 7:51 PM

After many hard sleepless nights worrying about my dear daughter she found her way to THE PATH. It was there that life began again for her with a support staff working and helping her find a new place of importance to move forward with a new begining. Patty has all of the tools at the Path that provide a brighter future for the many that suffer with addiction.I have been blessed for of their efforts by having my daughter return to me. Thank You so Much, Mom

Cathrine aka "Cat" said on Feb 1, 2013 8:02 AM

After long term sobriety, I started drinking again, and all the "yets" you hear about started happening to me.... After several trips to the hospital and the psych ward, I wanted just one more! That one more took me to the hospital DOA. My family thought I wasn't going to make it, but GOD had other plans for me. I was accepted at the Path, and have been there since September 6, 2012. Today I am visiting my dad in Houston Texas, making amends and living my life on lifes terms. If it weren't for Patty (my angel), I would be lost. I will be forever grateful to the Path and the ladies I have met and learned to love and accept. My journey today is wonderful as long as I stay close to my Higher Power. Life is good.

Tina I. said on Oct 21, 2012 9:41 AM

On October 3, 2012 I celebrated 6 years of sobriety. Thank you Patti and all the wonderful women @ The Path! You are forever in my heart as my journey continues.

Alisa Z said on Oct 18, 2012 11:18 PM

On October 20th I will celebrate 2 years. I recently was married and blessed with a beautiful baby girl. None of this would be possible without Patty and The Path. Not only was I given a chance by her but I was given two. The Path was my home and I loved calling it that. She listened and gave advice and even now, 2 years later, I know I can pick up the phone and she will be there on the other end of the line. Anyone who reads this, I was at the end of my road, minutes from death I'm sure, but with rehab and The Path I came out on the other side. There aren't many people that care about their residents like Patty does. I am so fortunate to have had her placed in my life. So at the end of the day when I think in my head about what I'm grateful for, she is right up there with my family, because she believed in me and gave me the tools to do what I thought was impossible. So thank you Patty for all that you do and everything you've done. You are truly AMAZING!

Michael W said on Aug 4, 2011 11:14 PM

Great people, and a great place. Our thanks to Patty and Lisa, who have helped my wife and I for the past couple of years thru couples counseling and recovery coaching. You're doing a wonderful job helping people (especially women, as that is your mission) to deal with the life challenges of addicton and to maintain sobriety thru working their recovery program and living at The Path with others who are facing the same challenges . We love you, and God Bless You!

Erynn Racky said on Jul 6, 2011 8:21 PM

Great people, and a great place. Our thanks to Patty and Lisa, who have helped my wife and I for the past couple of years thru couples counseling and recovery coaching. You're doing a wonderful job helping people (especially women, as that is your mission) to deal with the life challenges of addicton and to maintain sobriety thru working their recovery program and living at The Path with others who are facing the same challenges . We love you, and God Bless You!

Kathleen T said on Jul 5, 2011 11:47 PM

What an outanding opportunity to learn to love self and others. A great way to demonstrate kindness & joy within a life of recovery. The Path Rulz!!! xo :D

Rebekah Riordan said on May 7, 2011 10:05 PM

Hi everyone! Finally bookmarked the Path site. Just moved to 421 S. Elmwood St. with fiance, John Narcise. Gearing up for new job search. Life is good. will try to bike to Fri eve mtg. Love, Beka R

M.E. said on Apr 17, 2011 9:00 PM

I am so glad that I moved into the Path and I have stayed as long as I have. I have learned the tools I need to survive in recovery, and I continue to grow everyday. Thank you Patty and Lisa!

Liz C. said on Sep 15, 2010 1:18 AM

Had to come back and make another comment. The path is such a wonder place for women to gain bonds with each other as well as obtain and maintain sobriety. God Bless the path and may it continue to help others in need!!

beka Riordan said on Jun 22, 2010 4:22 AM

Wonderful site! I'll be chairing the meeting Fridays during July so I hope to see you all there! Looking forward also to 4th Picnic!

Illinois Association of Extended Care said on Apr 22, 2010 4:23 AM

The Illinois Association of Extended Care, Inc. acknowledges the high quality of recovery support offered at The Path Recovery Living for Women. Keep up the great work!

Jennie said on Apr 9, 2010 5:05 AM

The Path is a great place, a comfortable and supportive home. I thank God for this place and Patty! So, THANK U! xoxoxo

Robyn S. said on Mar 15, 2010 1:26 AM

Great website! Great way to reach another audience to share the life saving benefits of living in recovery! Now that I'm back from China I'll be back for a meeting!

Hotmess said on Mar 13, 2010 5:20 AM

The Path will always be my home away from home!

Cyndi F. said on Mar 11, 2010 1:43 AM

Beautiful site Patti! Moving into the path, not only provided me safety, and the begining of a good solid foundation, but, saved my life. Thank you for never giving up me!!

Carol Folisi said on Mar 10, 2010 9:21 PM

Great Job Patty!!! Websites are great for getting out the word. I'm glad your program is hanging in their through all the economic turmoil.

Laura Pacetti said on Mar 10, 2010 8:52 PM

I've lost track of how many years that we have been friends and colleagues. You've never been a stranger to hardwork and compassion. Nice Website!

Liz C. said on Mar 10, 2010 8:52 PM

Awwww it is sooo pretty in pink...Spreading recovery via the net...love it Patty!!

Cecille said on Mar 10, 2010 11:57 AM

Your website is so wonderful..I know you will anything for your ladies and how you care and love them as your own family. Kudos to you !

Shari Shaver said on Mar 10, 2010 6:36 AM

WTG Patti! Looks like you are growing! Keep going we need more places out there!

Jeri Sedlacek said on Mar 10, 2010 3:06 AM

Great, Patti- you are one talented lady- so glad The Path is growing in many ways. The website is progress for everyone.

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