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Success Stories

A man on a mission

Gregory Duvall became homeless as a result of substance abuse. He lost several jobs and apartments. But he always seemed to get another job and find someplace to live. This last time when he lost his apartment and job he knew things had to change - physically and emotionally, he was in terrible shape. On November 10, 2016, he entered the Coalition’s Park Road Transitional Housing Program. According to Mr. Duvall, he has received support and encouragement. He has learned to accept help and take advice. He is employed as a waiter/team leader, saving money, and focused on his recovery. He says just having people acknowledge that he is doing well gives him the courage to keep going and having someone to talk to and receive feedback, helped him greatly. Mr. Duvall is preparing to move out of Park Road at the end of July 2017 into permanent housing, more empowered, more encouraged and at peace with who he is. Congratulations Mr. Duvall, the Coalition wishes you continued success.

Path to Independence and Self-Sufficiency

Due to substance abuse problems, a troubled marriage, mental and physical stress, Vernon Suggs could not keep a job and became homeless. He ended up at Blair Transitional Rehabilitation Program on October 8, 2016. To help Mr. Suggs get back on his feet, he received supportive services, counseling, job referral and placement assistance through the Coalition’s in-house Employment Program. As a result, Mr. Suggs has been employed since April 2017. As an onsite Service Technician at Van Ness Luxury Apartments, he pays reduced rent, makes $20 per hour and receives full benefits. In addition, he will receive free training and certification as an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning) Technician. Mr. Suggs confidence and determination has been restored. He wants to succeed and become more productive. He says he feels motivated to get up in the morning to join the working class and provide a service to others. Great progress Mr. Suggs; keep up the good work!

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Mr. Wilbert Atkins was unemployed and lived between family members and homeless shelters. When Mr. Atkins gained custody of his daughter Sasha, she became Mr. Atkins motivation to improve his life. Mr. Atkins and his daughter entered the 50th Street Family Program on January 12, 2015. In January 2018, after receiving supportive services from the Coalitions’ 50th Street Family Program for over a year, Wilbert Atkins, a single father, and his daughter Sasha moved into permanent affordable housing. They love their new place and Sasha is doing well in school. Mr. Atkins stated that he feels like a man again and a productive father.  He works full-time as an Information Technology technician at the Office of Chief Technology Officer (OCTO).  Today, this family is safe, warm and self-sufficient.

Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service/Department of the Treasury.

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