Saturday, 29 August 2009 15:05My journey to homelessness started most abruptly when medical bills started arriving after I had a quadruple bypass surgery in May 2004. By 2007, I had sold and relinquished most of my assets and was trying to live on disability payments; but it was impossible. By 2008 I was spent. I had given up everything, moved into the Veterans Home in Barboursville and remained there for eight months. During this time, I heard of the new Veterans home being built in Charleston.
I moved into the men’s shelter and was one of the first members of the new Veterans Transitional Living Center; little did I know how important this move was to my entire well being. A total life changing experience is what I now refer to it! Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center’s approach was to allow homeless Veterans an opportunity to reassess their lives and give them hope that through their programs, they would reestablish themselves in the community.
I took classes to learn a new way to budget my money and a new way to deal with my illness with a Wellness Recovery Action Plan class. Through these classes I was able to monitor my progression and was guided towards new employment opportunities. This Veterans program not only offered a variety of choices for the homeless, it was unique.
With the help of RSLC, I have now saved money, obtained employment and enrolled in classes at WVSU. Most of all, my wellness is getting so much better. If not for this program I could be on the streets, suffering from self pity of just lost.
Thank you RSLC.