Stability and Support Helps Steven Move Home
Steven, a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, decided to carry on the family tradition of being a barber. He opened a shop and had quite a following for 23 years. Until one day, loss of balance caused him to fall. A visit to the ER uncovered that fluid was leaking in his brain and surgery ensued.
Fortunately, Steven’s life was saved, but he was unable to ever regain his full balance. His livelihood of being barber was lost.
“I was depressed,” Steven recalls. Drugs became his outlet. He ran through his savings and was forced to live with friends, family, and finally – on the streets.
Finally, Steven turned to Men’s Shelter of Charlotte where he found immediate refuge, a warm meal, a bed, and basic needs. More importantly, Steven found a lifeline of support to help him develop a plan to move home.
Steven’s Case Manager guided him every step. She connected him to resources to boost his income, helped him navigate housing options, and referred him to other community agencies to build a positive support network to sustain housing. Together, they found Steven an apartment that was a perfect fit. Stephen moved in and now has a new lease on life!
Today, Steven holds back tears when he reflects upon his time at our shelter. He thinks about the volunteers who “treated with me with such respect . . . making a man feel good about [himself].”
Steven beams with joy and pride as he reflects on his new home. He reminds his former Case Manager that “this is all possible because of you!”
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