These are just of few of the
many success stories of the Cathedral Square Homeless Program. We pray, hope, and work for continued and greater success in
the future. To protect the privacy of the people we work with
the following names have have been changed.
From Being Homeless To Employed
And With A Place To Live
Doug entered into the
program in December of 2005. He had been homeless
for 7 years. His goal was to get a job. When
Doug entered into the program he was able to shower,
apply for jobs, put on clean clothes for
interviews, and have transportation to and from interviews. Within three months, Doug
was employed full time and completely self-sufficient. He
remains working and self-sufficient today. Doug is
special to us because he gave us hope and opened our
eyes. What seemed impossible became possible.
Rebecca is developmentally
disabled but came to us with a desire to find
employment. Within three months she was working
full time in a thrift store and paying her own rent for
a room in a boarding house. Rebecca taught us the
importance of a smile.
Tom had been on the
streets for over five years. We helped Tom get his driverís license and social
security card. With those documents secured, he was
shown how to fill out job applications and eventually
secured a job in an auto shop. Tom is renting an
apartment and working.
Timothy entered into our program unemployed, homeless,
and without transportation. He wanted a job. Tim was able to secure employment at Mather Air Force
Base fueling planes. Tim was able to move into a
place of his own after receiving a few paychecks. Tim reminded us that highly skilled, educated
individuals are also homeless.
He has obtained a much better job
in San Bernardino and the company is paying for
his relocation. Tim also had received a scholarship and
will be returning to school this fall to complete his
education. He will soon be a certified airplane
has a college degree in Geography and excellent computer
skills. He also has a strong interest in horticulture. When he first entered into the program he had a very bad
cold. He found a full time job at Home Depot as a
plant and garden specialist. He was hired at a higher
than entry level job because of his knowledge. Ed was
able to save enough money to get his own apartment.
Herman was in the program for four months and
was able to move out on his own after securing
employment at the Hyatt as a banquet server.
Douglas struggled to find employment but stayed
motivated. At the same time, he worked to gain
visiting rights for his three children. Douglas began working at a moving and storage company,
saved money and moved into his own place.
45 years old and moved to Sacramento four years ago. He
was employed and had a place to live. He had a violent
break-up with his girlfriend, served time in jail and
lost his job. One of his children was murdered and
he developed a non-cancerous brain tumor. The program
allowed Darrell to concentrate on his medical and legal
issues. His long term goal is to obtain his GED. He is
very proud of a son who has a basketball scholarship at
Michigan State and a daughter that wants to become a
doctor. Darrell began receiving SSI checks and is