Currie Avenue Partnership Story
Jon was at one time your average middle-class citizen that owned a home in the suburbs, was happily married, and was employed. Jon’s wife Sally was a talented painter; however was unable to actively paint after being diagnosed with cancer several years ago. Jon became devastated after his beloved wife passed away a few years back – she was his best friend and largest support. His depression spiraled down and out of control – to the point where he couldn’t get out of bed and didn’t want to envision his life without his wife. Jon eventually lost his job and therefore couldn’t pay the mortgage. He was forced to file for bankruptcy and nearly lost everything he owned.
Jon had nowhere to go after he lost his home. He moved into the Salvation Army shelter for over one consecutive year – this seemed to be Jon’s only option. A couple months ago, Jon learned of the Currie Avenue Partnership (CAP) and felt a sense of hope he hadn’t felt in a long time. He happened to qualify for the program and a month later moved into a one-bedroom apartment. He is relieved he now has a Case Manager to care and support him and a roof over his head; hence enough comfort to plan for his future – something he hasn’t imagined in a long time. He plans on enrolling in school to learn a new trade and soon after returning to work. The affects of having a home is already making a difference – he is able to better manage his depression and found much joy and pride from hanging his wife’s beautiful paintings on his new living room walls.
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