A Second Chance at Independence
grew up in Ohio where I was a carpenter by trade for 41 years. I had a brief
stint in the Navy when I was young and even volunteered for Vietnam. After work
in Ohio died out, I caught a Greyhound and moved here to the Pacific Northwest
to stay with a friend.
eventually lost everything. I lived on my friend’s couch for years while my
alcohol addiction continued to get out of control. But back in
February my daughter, Shayla, called me with really exciting news. My baby was
getting married and she wanted me to walk her down the aisle, but only if I
was my wake-up call and the very next day I checked myself into a recovery
program. From there I was connected to Michael’s Place where I found a room
with other vets like me who just needed a second chance.”
a CCS transitional housing program for veterans experiencing homelessness, Ron
became the house maintenance man, drawing upon his extensive carpentry skills
to keep the place running smoothly during his stay. Exactly 5 months after
checking into treatment, Ron moved into a studio apartment, sober and healthy.
He has continued to stay in touch with his friends at Michael’s Place, and of
course, traveled to Ohio to proudly walk his daughter down the aisle.
Here at Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services, we are
honored each day to celebrate the newly gained independence of those we are
privileged to serve—people who have moved from crisis to stability—people like
our friend, Ron.
provides many programs and services for veterans and their families, including Disabled Veterans
Transportation, Michael’s Place,
Services for Veteran Families (King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston and Kitsap
Counties), emergency assistance, and much more.