My name is Ken Acker. I was born in a small town in Nova Scotia on August 29th 1964. With the death of my parents at the age of two and being adopted at the age of three, growing up was difficult.
In my childhood as things happened, I asked myself, if Jesus loved me as his child, why was this happening to me? I became angry and withdrawn, and turned to alcohol and drugs as a means to numb the pain. As these feelings intensified, I learned that if I used these substances, they would blanket my frustrations. This was the beginning of a self destructive path and I soon found myself in jail and wanting out of this life.
My addictions were so powerful that I couldn’t stop. My path was becoming worse, leading me deeper into addiction and feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. A park bench soon became home where I would sit without hope.
April 1st, 2009 was the day I decided something needed to change for me. Soon after that I began my healing at a local treatment centre. On October 1st, 2009 I came to Belkin House.
I believe today Jesus brought me here to renew my faith and walk with him. Belkin House is a special community with counselors, chaplains and staff who really care. I have found great opportunities here, being involved in the various programs.
Through involvement in numerous volunteer opportunities at Belkin House I have been able to participate and contribute to the healthy growth of my community which has enabled me to live a happy and productive life.