Frank is like so many of us these days. He worked hard, but he barely made enough to support himself. Since he couldn’t really set any money aside, he was always just a paycheck or two away from a financial breakdown.
Frank is one of hundreds in our area who fell on hard times and ended up homeless. In America, 44% of homeless people have jobs.
“A lot of people around here, they look down on the homeless. I’ve worked all my life. I don’t want a handout, and none of these guys want a handout. They want jobs. I see it every day.”
Frank had his own place and a full-time job as a tanker man for an oil company operating in the Gulf of Mexico. But then he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. After he got out of the hospital and was fully recovered, Frank was told he could not get his job back. He did his best to make ends meet, but he quickly ran out of money and found himself on the streets.
Frank turned to the Mission to help him get back on his feet. During his stay, Frank received help in applying for disability payments so he could find a new place to live and start to live a normal life again.
“I plan on getting my life together and going back to school. And I’m going to do some volunteer work here at the Mission,” Frank said.
For people like Frank, the Mission offers more than a safe place to stay and a few hot meals. We offer educational programs like GED and computer classes, veterans’ care, job assistance and more. That’s because we understand that any one of us, regardless of background, can get in a bind and end up homeless. We provide hardworking people who are down on their luck with the assistance they need to get their lives back on track.