Our guest Allen served in the Coast Guard in his early 20’s. He worked 17 years as a Controller and Director of IT at a large company and made a six -figure salary, until the company was bought out and he lost his job. After that, Allen still held jobs in accounting and had a stable life.
However, Allen’s life changed after he lost his home. The friend he had been living with for 5 years passed away and Allen was evicted from his friend’s house. Due to the eviction, Allen lost time from work and eventually lost his job. He was living out of his
car for 6 months and became depressed, feeling hopeless.
Police approached Allen when he was in his parked car at a rest stop and ended up taking him to the hospital. After discharge from the hospital, he was referred to the Homeless Hospitality Center through 211.
Allen arrived at our shelter on January 23, 2019. He immediately began using programs and services. He is doing the hard work of rebuilding his life.
Allen says, "The shelter staff and volunteers make you feel feel like a human being and like you are not worthless.” Every single time time he did a chore at the shelter, like sweeping the floors, a staff member member thanked him. Little things, like a thank you or being able to take a shower, have made a huge difference for Allen. Allen says, “ I am sure things will get better.”
The shelter has given Allen more than a place to rest his head at night. Allen found hope with the help of staff, volunteers, and being connected to counseling services. He has moved from the shelter into HHC's Veteran's House and will be moving to permanent housing soon!