Sean lost his home when his grandmother died and his family wanted to do something else with her home. Sean struggles with depression and addiction. He put himself on the train one day with no place to go and ended up on a mat at the winter warming center for close to two months. Today, Sean is in supportive housing and has a job. He still comes to the Help Center for support.
Michelle was able to connect with medical services while she was a guest at HHC. She said she never would have been able to connect as easily to needed medical care on her own. Michelle found a path forward to permanent housing and is doing well
Gaile was evicted while she was hospitalized. She remained at the shelter for about one month, and now has her own safe apartment and a personal assistant to help make sure she remains connected to the community and housed.
Diane was a guest three times before she accepted the help of staff to get her into housing she could afford. Diane loves her new home and has rekindled her relationships with her kids and grandchildren.
Cliff arrived at the shelter in total shock that he ended up there. Diagnosed with Lyme disease two years ago, and everything in his life fell apart from there. He spent time at the shelter and time getting help with his mental health. With the staff's help navigating the system, Cliff recently qualified for CHESS and moved in to his his own apartment,
Donald needed shelter for only two days, and became connected with all the services the Center offers, then. He now has a place to live and a full-time job.
Bill, an Army Reserve veteran needed emergency shelter. The Center provided Bill with emergency housing for two months. He now shares a spotless apartment with another veteran and works as the House Manager.
Newly released from prison (on the very day his mother died of Covid 19), Robert wanted nothing more than to build a new life including a career in a helping profession.
Greg was homeless when all of his possessions, including his wallet and all identification, were stolen. The Help Center assisted Greg in replacing his ID's and connecting him with a landlord. "I could never have done it without their help," Greg says.
Ramona lost her job and was evicted from her apartment. She spent years living with family members, including time caring for her aging parents. Her positive attitude and sense of humor helped her cope.
Chris quickly became homeless after he lost his job. With no support system in place, he lived outdoors in a tent for two years -- even in the most brutal winter nights.
As Mary Ellen reflected back on her time at the shelter, she notes that it was hard at first, but eventually, she was able to access a number of resources, including getting help finding a job and housing.
We've been helping Brenda look for an affordable apartment. Her smile is contagious. "Never give up," she says. "There's always a new beginning. Stay strong."
John was thrilled to get a job at one of the local casinos. We helped him with a new resume, interview tips, and housing. We couldn't be happier for him.
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. Read more.
Derek came to the shelter in October of 2019. With help from shelter staff, he was able to find a job at Walmart, obtain job coaching, connect to much needed benefits, and most importantly, find a new apartment of his very own. Read more.
Raphael had never been homeless, but when he got divorced he lost everything. He found support and lots of help at HHC. It wasn't long before Raphael was hired as a department manager at Walmart, and he started saving toward housing.