For 10 years Charlie has been known by Shepherds of Good Hope staff. Charlie had been bouncing in and out of homelessness over those years. The reason for his chronic homelessness was because he was exhibiting symptoms of paranoia and schizophrenia that often manifested in feelings of persecution. Charlie believed that he was being singled out by landlords or other tenants as the victim of either verbal assaults or attacks on his personal possessions. Maintaining sustainable employment was also a barrier to Charlie’s progress.
With the support of Shepherds of Good Hope, Charlie joined the Worker Dorm Program and made a conscientious effort to stay employed. Charlie was connected to a physician that he would visit regularly for his mental health problems and so he was getting the assistance he needed. When Charlie expressed a desire to cut back on his smoking, Shepherds of Good Hope was there to answer his call. Shepherds of Good Hope found a Quit Smoking Program and Charlie was able to greatly cut back on his smoking and as a result save a large portion of his money.
Charlie worked intensely with the Shepherds of Good Hope Housing Team and was offered a room at 380 St. Patrick Street Residence, a residence of Shepherds of Good Hope, at the end of April 2014. To this day he remains housed with little issue.
Charlie’s journey has taken him from the streets where he was alone and mentally ill to Shepherds of Good Hope where he has had the opportunity to restore his health, find and keep employment and now has more permanent housing that he can call his own.
We are pleased to report that this program is so successful that we have expanded the Worker Dorm Program to include women.
Won’t you give so that others like Charlie can have a second chance at life? At Shepherds of Good Hope, we believe everyone in our care is worthy of much more than they have and with your support we can ensure that they will receive what they need.