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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. With assistance from his case manager he found a great new apartment.
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.
Peggy had been living outdoors but got an apartment with our help. She had to set it up from scratch. It was furnished with community donations that ranged from furniture to flatware.
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.
This past summer, Albert, a lifelong resident of New London, found himself out of a job, and shortly after that, out of an apartment. He wound up at the Homeless Hospitality Center, where he discovered a welcoming community and an army of staff and volunteers ready to help him get back on his feet.
Spending time at the shelter helped Albert see that people from all walks of life can end up homeless. "Some people are very poor," he says, "but others are formerly rich." However all barriers of class fall away at HHC. "It's like a family-- sometimes we fight, but we also look out for one another. People are very thoughtful."
Albert also raves about the staff and volunteers at HHC who helped him find a new job and an apartment. "It's a crazy good place," he says. Albert is now housed and has a job at the United States Coast Guard Academy.