Michael Williams, a Schuylkill County native, stayed at Opportunity House for six weeks. "That place is great," Williams exclaimed when asked about his experience. He admits that he had no idea what to expect, but when he arrived he realized it was different from previous experiences.
It was not long before SSVF had set him up with an apartment. "At first, it was very empty," Williams recalled, but the program supplied furnishings and appliances to quickly help fill the space in his new apartment and accommodate everyday living. With a new, furnished place to call home, Williams was eventually reunited with his children.
Williams is back in Schuylkill County and currently working at a homeless shelter. "Because of my experiences at [Opportunity House] and with SSVF – that is what helped me get this job," Williams said.
Michael Sando claims that he always had a way out of trouble, but something was different this last time, "it was the end of the line." Sando was homeless when he sought assistance from SSVF. "It’s difficult to ask for help," Sando said. "But, I could tell that Rachael wanted to help. Her attitude was so positive that I didn’t want to let her down." The SSVF program helped Sando apply for housing. Soon, he had gotten an apartment, and soon after that SSVF supplied his furnishings and appliances, as well.
These days, Sando frequents the gym to stay healthy and is in high spirits with a great sense of humor. However, he was completely sincere when he added that he shared his experiences in hopes that "maybe someone will see my name and feel comfortable talking to me."
There are many more success stories and more in the works. Supportive Services for Veteran Families believes in ending homelessness for all veterans. SSVF resolves issues on the surface, but more importantly, they also address the root of homelessness. Prevention is key. Support and assistance to keep veteran families in their homes is the best way to end homelessness.