“I lost my business, my home and my family. I’ve persevered over my situation.” Randy's Story

Randy painted houses for a living. In fact, he started a prosperous painting business that he built from the ground up.

But when the real estate market crashed, all of Randy’s jobs dried up. He lost his business, his home and his family.

Randy came to Paz de Cristo for dinner and signed up for the Housing our Hero’s program through the City of Mesa. He met with a counselor from the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) on Friday and was approved for additional veteran’s benefits on Monday.

First, Randy was given transitional housing at Crossroads for two months. He got off the streets. During that time, Randy attended a series of classes on self-reliance, addiction and meditation. “These classes changed my life and my outlook,” Randy explained.

He has been clean and sober for seven months. What’s more, Randy feels that he is now able to persevere through the temptation of drugs.

Randy initially felt overwhelmed by his first meeting at the (VA). The counseling that he received through the VA and Community Resource Referral Center made all the difference.

In November, Randy was given permanent housing: a two-bedroom, two bath apartment in Mesa.

With his new-found stability, Randy has been able to get custody of his son and start a part-time job at Paz de Cristo.

Veterans made sacrifices to serve our country defending the freedoms that we all enjoy. Now many are struggling hunger, poverty and homelessness. They just need a hand getting the services and benefits that will make all the difference. Your gift is a lifeline.

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