When I began working with Jackie, he was very quiet, didn’t want to give me much information other than the basics. We completed paperwork, and we looked for housing. We did have a difficult time finding him a place because of his prior addiction history and his criminal history. We found a private landlord who would work with Jackie.
Once Jackie found out that someone was willing to give him another chance, his demeanor changed drastically. It was night and day. Jackie eventually began talking in conversation about his childhood and growing up in Oakland where he used to work as a teenager and how he got to and from school.
Jackie is currently thriving in his own apartment and has returned to the mission to volunteer. Jackie will forever be one of my favorite people.