After breaking both of his legs, Bill found himself in a very precarious position: not sick enough for the hospital, but too sick for the streets. He was discharged from the hospital, but with no money for a private, for-profit rehab facility, Bill had nowhere to go and no one to help him.
Luckily, he found his way to the Mission, and he’s been healing at our Respite Care dorm for about a month. Bill believes that it would be impossible for him to heal properly in a regular shelter dorm.
“If I am in a crowd of people, it is easy for people to bump into my leg and ruin weeks of healing in a moment. A lot of people on the street aren’t aware of my injury and the space I need to heal.”
At the Mission, we assist sick and injured homeless men by providing them a place to stay until they can regain sufficient health and strength to leave, or we help them locate other programs or facilities that could better fulfill their needs.
The Respite Care dorm features a handicap bathroom with a wheelchair-accessible shower and bath. But for Bill, the bed was the main attraction, or rather the thing that most helped him regain his health.
“A real hospital bed adds to the comfort. I have to elevate my legs so I don’t develop edema. I don’t have to worry about that complication here.”
A hospital stay can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Mission’s Respite Care services are offered to our clients completely free.