Don was living like many of us: gainfully employed and renting an apartment with a roommate. When Don lost his job at Fry’s his roommate, who was ill with cancer, became concerned about the liability of carrying the rent on her own. Being a standup guy with a strong sense of honor, Don left on his own accord because he could no longer pay the rent. With no where else to go, Don ended up living in his vehicle at Fair Oaks Park in Sunnyvale.
To make a change, Don said he needed to learn how to become more responsible and reliable. That’s where the Downtown Streets Team came in. Don worked beautifying neighborhoods as a part of the work experience team and worked tirelessly with his case manager to get to where he is today.
We’re happy to report that Don, his partner Kathleen and their dog Gizmo, are now living safely indoors in a one-bedroom apartment in San Jose. When we asked him what he did and what DST did in supporting him in recovering from homelessness he said, “Just being there for someone who was down and out… just being there,” made the difference.
With perseverance and support, Don is finally home.