John returned home suffering from PTSD, depression and severe anxiety.
The couple first went to AHOPE in June 2017 and in less than two weeks were connected with Julie Putnam, case worker for Homeward Bound’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). Julie found the couple a small, cheerful apartment and they moved in on August 1st. Over the next several months, both John and Allison worked so hard to achieve the goals they had set for themselves. They were connected to mental health resources and began going to therapy. They both chose to enroll in an outpatient drug treatment program that they traveled to on the bus three days a week. Within a few months, they had graduated to just one day a week, and shortly after they graduated from the program. While in treatment, they were each searching for employment. Although challenging and sometimes discouraging due a lack of recent job history, they both kept trying. Allison worked diligently on creating a winning resume and ultimately got a job that she loves. John found short-term employment and was soon offered a full-time position as well as a promotion.
John and Allison began paying 100% of their rent in March 2018 and were discharged from SSVF in April. At their last case management meeting, Allison invited her parents to sit in. They had come from South Carolina to visit their daughter for the first time in years, and they were all so grateful. Allison’s dad shed tears of happiness while he thanked Homeward Bound for helping his little girl get out of the woods. The couple hopes to soon purchase a vehicle and someday their own house. Eventually, they wish to start a family.
Allison reported that in the year prior to getting back into housing she’d had two ER visits, one ambulance transport, one inpatient hospital stay, and 20 interactions with crisis centers/suicide hotlines. John reported 25+ crisis center/suicide hotline interactions. After being housed, Allison reported no hospital visits or crisis interactions and John reported one doctor’s visit related to the flu and no crisis interactions.
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