Recovery Home Testimonials

These are selected testimonials from women who have been part of our Narrow Road Home recovery experience.

 I came to Narrow Road telling myself and believing so many lies.

” I was pondering my life one morning recently and I thought to myself, “I can say that I truly love myself and how God has made me.”

I came to Narrow Road telling myself and believing so many lies. Lies about who I was ‘supposed’ to be, lies about what was ‘supposed’ to make me happy and bring me joy and the lie that alcohol brought me life. Narrow Road, along with my family and friends, could speak truth into my life and bring light to the obstacles and struggles that had brought me to such a
dark place. So much of the battle is in our minds. It is a cleaning out process of old beliefs and patterns of thinking. When you learn how to take every thought captive, you live with great ease.

Today the old me is in the grave and I walk in victory; working to reach the beauty and freedom that is in Christ. I have had a complete change of heart towards my purpose in life and what it really means to live! I choose everyday to live in truth and not in lies; especially the truth that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. ” – Lisa J, Calgary

  I came to narrow road completely broken, paralyzed with self hatred.

” Wanting to just exist and not live. I had a belief system based solely on lies and self survival! I lived life on a roller coaster of emotions with buried bitterness! Unwanted, unloved and destined to be alone, is what I believed and validated daily by drinking myself to death.

The Narrow Road Home has opened my eyes to light, and slowly and patiently pulled me out of my hole to see light and hope! They tore down my walls; replaced my lies with truth and Jesus! They taught me about forgiveness and love! How much I’m loved, how I have purpose and meaning!

More important than teaching me, the Narrow Road has shown me there IS such thing as “radical love “. That discomfort and disappointments are beautiful miracles in disguise and mercy does exist. I now live life with new ambitions and aspirations.

I walk in gratitude with a humble confidence knowing every minute matters to God! I know now and whole heartedly believe I was saved by grace, which allows me to walk in love and compassion with a deep inner peace. ” – Janice A, Calgary

Insecure, immature, fearful, timid, shy, low self esteem, hatred for the world, sad inside, confused…

” These all controlled my life so I turned to drugs and alcohol, which only fueled the fire. I was done, ready to end it all. I had a plan, I just needed the place. Instead of a place to end my life, I was given and name and phone number.

I called it.

I entered the Narrow Road Home at 50 years old completely broken in every way. I come from a background without any faith, so an introduction to Jesus was a strange thing to me. With the recovery and healing of this program, it has been the MOST rewarding and amazing journey of my life!!
With the staff helping me to heal all the hurt and pain throughout my life, leading me to the path that was created for me with Jesus. I now walk with the Holy Spirit leading and guiding me every day. God has blessed me over and over again in ways I can’t even express. I am truly so very grateful for everything this program has done for me. ” – Dixie L, Calgary

  Every day I look into the sky and say “Thank You God for my life today!”

” Coming into the Narrow Road Home, I was so broken. I didn’t think there was anything that could help me overcome my addiction, or brokenness from my past. I honestly didn’t care if I woke up the next morning most days. The first few days were a bit of a struggle, mostly from detoxing from all the toxins I had put in my body over, and over again. Once I started to connect with the other girls and the staff at the house, I began to feel a lot more comfortable. I think the biggest reason for this was because we could all relate in some way. I came to the Narrow Road intending to be done in 30 days. I thought that’s what it would take to “fix me”. Ha Ha! About three weeks in, I realized that I was nowhere near the healing goal I had in my mind. I had a really good start, but was just beginning to get to the stuff that had been haunting me my entire life. I agreed to stay until that healing goal was met, and until the counsellors, that I completely trusted, could see that I was ready.

It took some hard work, and a lot of perseverance but we did it! I say “we” because I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own without the help of Kim and the staff at the Narrow Road Home. I am finally FREE from my brokenness and self hatred. Every day I look into the sky and say, Thank You God for my life today! The most freeing part of healing is loving who I am today. I live my life with integrity, love and hope. I will always have struggles in my life, as every person does, but now I know how to deal with those tough situations. Even though I have moved on from the Narrow Road, the staff and girls are my support 150%. I am so grateful for my life today!  Thank you EVERYONE at the Narrow Road Home. I love you all very much. God Bless You. ” – Laurin, Calgary

  God used the Narrow Road to perform a miracle in my life!

   ” Before I arrived at the Narrow Road Home I felt lost, my family relationships where falling apart, and I wasn’t able to hold down a job.  I was a Christian all my life but I felt like there were things in my life that were holding me back from being the person I needed to be. I needed healing for my soul, and counselling support to help me figure out where things had gone wrong in my life. When I had heard about The Narrow Road Home, a faith based recovery house, I knew it was something that God could use for my personal healing, and He was faithful! The Narrow Road Home didn’t just help me work through my own personal issues; they also worked with my family through the healing process. I have now returned home to my husband and children with a renewed faith, and a brand new marriage that I never even dreamt was possible. God used the Narrow Road Home to perform a miracle in my life and heal my family, and for that I am eternally thankful!! ” – Jolene, Sylvan Lake.

We are so thankful to Kim for following God’s call.

 ” The work and commitment Kim and the staff at the Narrow Road House have shown, has been life changing for not only our daughter, but for our whole family. When our daughter first entered into the program, our mindset was “just fix our daughter, restore her” but in working with Kim through this journey ,we have all been restored individually and as a family.As a family, we are thriving and our walk with God is closer and more fulfilling than before. God had an even greater plan in this than we could have ever planned or imagined! We are so thankful to Kim for following God’s call and opening the doors of the Narrow Road House. “- Gail and Harley, Calgary.

Kim’s own life experiences and recovery is a reflection of her empathy, compassion and care for others.

From the ones that look like they have it all together to the homeless and broken street person. She was immediately at my family’s side when we were hit with a tragic loss. Caring for our mental and emotional needs when our world was suddenly turned upside down, she new how to support  and walk us through.- Bev Mckenzie, Horseshoe Bay, B.C. December 2014

The Town of High River is extremely fortunate to have Kim Courtney and the Narrow Road Home.

There is a great need for the services Kim, her staff and the home can provide. Personally, I have been working with Kim on overcoming a childhood trauma that had a hold on me for over 40 years. I never fully understood the damage done and who I was until, with Kim’s experience and guidance, I was able to lay it all out before Christ where he brings in true light and healing. I am sure there is a lifetime of discovery and work yet to be done, but it’s a powerful beginning. – Sandra Wiebe, High River, AB. December 2014
  

It would take a lot more than a simple letter of recommendation for me to pay back what Kim has done for my life as my life coach, but I think this would be a good start.

When I first met Kim, I was a broken kid, depressed, suicidal, lost, and completely afraid of the world I lived in. It took one session with her for my hope to be renewed, she gave me the strength to keep going when I didn’t know if I could. I write this letter about two and half months from my first meeting with Kim and I can honestly say my life has been transformed.
 
I’m becoming a man, which in today’s society is a lost cause. I rarely feel any of those feelings that I felt two months ago, and if it comes back she is always reachable and has given me the tools to fight it off.
 
I have grown so much as a person since I’ve had my first encounter with her, but that’s not enough for her. She continues to push and challenge me because she sees more of me than I see in myself and she won’t let me settle for good but great.
 
It’s not necessarily the easiest path, but nothing worth getting is easy. The greatest gift Kim has given me is faith, truly the only way to fix the brokenness. I am now a born-again Christian and I couldn’t be happier to have given my life to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
 
God had used the worst time of my life to bring me the right people to bring me to him, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I don’t know where I would be today if it wasn’t for my life coach, but I try not to think about that. I now focus my energy on what’s ahead of me which is the hope that Jesus has given me through Kim.
 
I don’t know what else to say, but thank you, you saved my life. -Thomas Rodrigues, Graduate Student and NCAA Baseball player, NY State, 2014
 

The Recovery House is restoring the dreams of women, caught in the devastating cycle of addiction, abuse and exploitation.

I am impressed with the tenacious vision of Kim Courtney to provide a sacred space for women to understand that they are loved, respected, and cherished.  -Dr. Steve Berg, Senior Associate Pastor, South Abbotsford Church, 2014
  

Kim Courtney is a true Overcomer.

Her credentials are certainly impressive but her personal journey of overcoming has given her the spiritual authority to facilitate the healing process which far surpasses anything that can be taught in a text book or classroom.
 
She is a compassionate and powerful woman who is serious about her assignment to “set the captives free.”   -Linda Sloan, Pastor, Life Coach, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2014
  

When God reveals a thing it is because He is ready to deal with it.

This has been my grounding statement in walking through life and healing. Finding a group of friends that understand and are able to stand by you and provide support while you walk through any and everything God has chosen to expose is priceless.
 
The Narrow Road Home offers this and more. It is a the place where women of all backgrounds willing to go the deep can find refuge in the serenity of the space coupled with guidance from well-trained staff, this home meets a niche where there is a gap in recovery services in our society as a whole. I am honoured to be a part of what God is doing in and through Kim and this program.  -Dr Olubunmi Oyebanji MBBS, CFPC, IIWCC, COE cert., 2014
 
Dr. Oyebanji is a family physician with a practice devoted to helping seniors ‘finish well’. She works in various nursing homes in the city of Calgary where she resides with her husband and two children. Bunmi, as she is known by friends, is a fun loving, hard-nosed seeker of Truth. Her love for her Heavenly Father is clearly evident in all that she does and is contagious.
  

Kim Courtney is seeding success in women whose spirits are shattered in a world of heartless addiction.

The Narrow Road Healing House is a progressive, positive environment that empowers woman to value their gift of “life.”  A sacred breathing space that features compassion, mixed with spiritual and educational support, through unconditional love.  – Judy Dahl, Mayor, Olds, Alberta 2014