Agency News | Jail Re-entry and Hospital-to-Home: Client Experiencing Chronic Homelessness for over 20 Years
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Jail Re-entry and Hospital-to-Home: Client Experiencing Chronic Homelessness for over 20 Years

Javier* was referred to the Respite, Rehabilitation and Re-Entry center by the Coalition of the Homeless. He had experienced chronic homelessness for over 20 years, and also faced substance abuse challenges and bipolar disorder. 

When he came to the center, Javier shared that he was not in touch with family members, but was thankful for the support of a friend. He got a haircut during this time at the Jail Re-Entry Program and told us he "felt he was accomplishing positive milestones for the very first time in his life" thanks to the supports he received here. As part of Jail Re-Entry and the the Hospital to Home program, Javier's care coordinator assisted him securing stable housing, food stamps and Social Security Disability Insurance. 

Javier credits his successful experience to the support group classes he participated in, geared towards building coping skills, preventing relapse and mental health and substance abuse education. He shared the topics helped him make better choices for his wellbeing. Javier is now residing in his first apartment in over 20 years. 

*The name of the client has been altered to protect the client's privacy.

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