That’s when he was kicked out of his apartment after losing his jobs and missing one too may rent payments.
Struggling to cope, and with nowhere to go on Christmas day, he ended up at the front doors of Siloam Mission.
I started spiraling into depression real quick,
Living on the streets, I was threatened by others,
I had to line up for everything, I couldn’t choose what to eat…
I couldn’t get out if.
Stephen starting working temporary jobs here and there, but his depression, low self-esteem and Diabetes kept him from finding the kind of work that would allow him to rent an apartment.
After five years of trying to escape the cycle of homelessness, Stephen got his own room at The Madison.
“I feel like my life has turned around. I now have a choice,” he says. “I can choose when to sleep, when to be in my room and what I want to watch on TV. And I have a warm place to put all my possessions, without having to carry my backpack around everywhere.”
As for the future?
“I’m feeling much better. I’m figuring things out and getting my act together. This is a stepping stone,” he says.
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