“I don’t know what I would do if it wasn’t for Jerusalem House. I have a roof over my head and food in my refrigerator. Things could have been a lot different.”
“Roy” is a resident of Jerusalem House, and, like many who benefit from its housing programs and supportive services, he never hesitates to express his thankfulness.
As we all shelter in place and face the COVID-19 crisis together, we want you to know how your generosity is continuing to positively impact the lives of those we serve.
Roy’s story began in November of 2019…a very tough time for him. A few months after finding out he tested positive for HIV, Roy lost his job. He prided himself on his work ethic and was nearly devastated that his only source of income was ending during a time when he knew he needed health insurance. Unable to pay his monthly rent, he soon lost his apartment and found himself in a situation he never imagined.
Homeless, he reached out to a distant relative who took him in, however, a couple of weeks on the sofa proved to be too much and Roy was asked to leave. For the next few months, he lived in his car.
One night while staying in a shelter, Roy heard about Jerusalem House. Two weeks later, he moved into a one-bedroom apartment in the Jerusalem House Scattered Site Program. With the help of his case manager, Roy was determined to work to gain back his financial independence.
In March he secured a job in a restaurant and was excited to begin his new chapter, however, the COVID-19 crisis hit, and he was laid off.
While Roy certainly did not expect his new opportunity to come to such an abrupt halt, he remains hopeful because “Thanks to Jerusalem House, I know I have people who support me and I can overcome this…”.
Roy’s case manager at Jerusalem House communicates with him on a weekly basis to provide encouragement and resources to help him focus on his goals.
Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are especially mindful that, because our generous donors, Roy and 500+ residents who depend daily on Jerusalem House, can continue to have hope for a brighter future.