Sometimes you’ve just got to show some tough love to those you love the most.
Sky was ruining his life, his health and his relationships with his drinking. His sister, Kelsi, had seen it all as a probation officer and knew a little something about caring for a person without enabling their bad habits.
“I did the hard love thing,” she says. “Not giving him money, not letting him stay at my place . . . ”
Sky interrupts: “Never ask her to buy cigarettes, that’s for sure!”
The siblings laugh, but then Kelsi turns serious again: “I totally thought I would be burying him.”
Sky doesn’t argue with that. His drinking had resulted in five arrests, contributed to the loss of his marriage, and ultimately led to homelessness.
At that point, he decided he had to make some changes. So he came to Crossroads Mission Avenue.
“I came here to quit drinking,” Sky says. That was July 16, 2020. He hasn’t had a drink since.
Sky’s success story goes beyond just sobriety. By December, he was on staff as the manager of the Crossroads probation house in Grand Island. In that role, he helps men who are on probation or parole to get back on their feet and find a job.
Their jobs rarely intersect — Sky is in Grand Island, Kelsi works for the probation office in Hastings — but they do sometimes “talk shop.”
But mostly, they’re just a brother and sister who care about each other very much.
Sky says if it weren’t for Kelsi, he’d have no relationship with his family. Kelsi says if weren’t for the Mission, she wouldn’t have a brother anymore.
“I believe they saved my brother’s life,” she says.
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