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TomCat's Place is not licensed or certified to provide substance use disorder treatment services.
TomCat's Place is a housing program in which individuals recovering from a substance use disorder voluntarily choose to live together in a supportive environment during their recovery.
🥇 THOMAS CARDONA | Founder
Hi, my name is Tom, I am an alcoholic and a drug addict, with a sober date of 8/17/2001. I grew up in the Bronx, New York, with my sister and mother who I never saw take a sip of alcohol. At the age of 16, I engaged with the wrong crowd and started abusing drugs and alcohol. At the age of thirty-three, I was tired of my lifestyle and put myself in a rehab called Promesa. I stayed there for a year and did very well. After completing the program, I enrolled in the Navy and was stationed in San Diego, CA. While in the Navy, I didn’t apply the tools I learned in rehab and relapsed. Even though I avoided drugs, I began drinking again.
Two years later I was discharged and decided to stay in CA instead of returning to NY. I became a drug dealer and a user and found myself in a vicious cycle of going in and out of jail. Following my poor decisions and actions, I became homeless living under a bridge.
As we say in rehab, I was “TIRED OF BEING TIRED". There was nothing left but jails, institutions, or death. If I were to be convicted of selling drugs one more time, I would have faced a twenty-year prison sentence.
Luckily, my sister was able to have my parole transferred to New York. I returned and was able to stay away from selling or using drugs, however, kept indulging in alcohol. In 2001, my wife decided to change her life and five months later I joined alongside her in a twelve-step program. I would often drink before going to the meetings, but as they say in the rooms, “...bring the body and the mind will follow..." - I thank God every day for the life that He has given me and the gift of sobriety.
🏆 I am retired; however, I mentor and provide for six men with mental disabilities. I am a contractor, a real estate developer, and a landlord. Being sober has changed my life. Somewhere along my journey I knew my calling was to use my “learnings through hardship” to one day own and operate a sober house, where I can be of service to others.
🥇 CATHERINE CABÁN-CARDONA | Founder
Hi, my name is Cathy, and I am an alcoholic with a sober date of 3/5/2001. My addiction with drugs and alcohol started at the age of fourteen and I abused them until age thirty-one. That is seventeen years of my life I can never get back. I grew up in the Bronx, New York, in a household where both parents were alcoholics and drug addicts. My dad was always in jail and my mom raised four kids while on welfare. I vowed never to follow in their footsteps. Although I never received welfare or go to jail, I inherited the bad habits. I abused Cocaine, Marijuana 🍃 and also became an Alcoholic 🍺
At age 17 I began working as a bartender and five years later, gained the mindset of “there must be something better” than this in my life. I decided to get my GED and go to college 📜. With two part time jobs, four college courses, and a drinking habit, I somehow managed to earn a GPA of 3.4. However, my disease of alcoholism progressed. I went from taking four classes down to one and started decreasing attendance at both school and work.
“MY LIFE BECAME UNMANAGEABLE!” On March 5, 2001, nothing traumatic happened other than I missed work again and felt it was the last straw. I hit a spiritual bottom!
I called a friend who was going to a twelve-step program, and she took me to my first meeting. After all the challenges I’ve endured, wonderful things happened along this journey of recovery. These “wonderful things” are the reason for my wanting to give back and open a sober house where others can do the same. I want to assist those who are struggling with maintaining a clean and sober lifestyle. The way this is possible for me to do is by accepting God’s gift of sobriety. For that I’m forever grateful.
🏆 Currently, I work as a case manager in a men’s shelter for the mentally ill and I own and manage properties. In addition, I am a real estate developer, and a family care provider for six men with mental disabilities to whom I provide guidance and support. With spiritual guidance from God and knowing there is a better road ahead, I have become a better “ME”. I thank God for my deliverance because, otherwise, I don't know where I would be today.
The Guys 💪🏻
My husband and I began our journey into sobriety in 2001. When we purchased our first house in 2004, a friend told us about a program called Family Care. The program was run by Bronx State Psychiatric Center. The program involved taking care of men who are mentally challenged. He told us we would be great providers for this program because he felt we had our hearts into helping others.
In June 2005, we opened our home to two clients. We fell in love with the program and after getting the hang of it we requested a third client. Today, we have six clients.
We call them “OUR GUYS'' and are happy to be of service to them. We do seasonal trips, amusement parks in the summer and every Christmas we take them to one of their favorite restaurants.
My family knows that if they want my husband and I over for Thanksgiving, it must be with ‘OUR GUYS” because that is our holiday together. Tommy cooks great meals for dinner daily and makes Saturday and Sunday brunch.
"...Sobriety has given us a
...relationship with God, and He has blessed us with the opportunity to open our home to those in need, and now TomCat’s Place.
The sober house will be somewhat independent; however, we are always available for any necessary assistance.
2021 Christmas DINNER
Our yearly Christmas dinner. We have been taking our guys out for Christmas for the last sixteen years.
"...take your first step towards sobriety..."
Although, they love Tom's daily meals, weekend brunch with our guys is the best!
TOMCAT'S PLACE Memories
...Thank you for visiting us and our family..." 🙏🏻
We hope that you want to be part of our extended family by sharing your life with TomCat's Place.
⭐ THOMAS CARDONA & CATHERINE CABÁN-CARDONA
Founders | New York | Connecticut