Read Their Story And Make A Pledge Today

I am a 62 year old male. I was born and raised in Vancouver. I lived on the East side and in Kitsalano. I moved to Vernon in 1991. The first time I was homeless it was very confusing and terrifying. Loss of funds and someplace to call home. I was in my mid 30s in Victoria. I was homeless and a heroin addict. For work that I have done, I first started out logging for about 15 years. Then I became involved in landscaping. Finally I finished my career in construction and renovations. I would love to work at something part time. I am very flexible and educated. No question, when i became a heroin addict in 1975 definitely was the hardest part of my life. Ever since it has been an ongoing, constant battle with this demon. Maintaining my sobriety, when faced with failure after failure. Not maintaining my sobriety, but failing to move my life forward in aspects of living and working conditions. What makes me feel happy is believing that somehow, someway my dream of affordable, safe, secure housing complex for people such as I. I would like other to pray for my dream of a home and work do not remain a dream. If I were to rate my happiness on a scale of 1-10 I would say i am about a 6. At least I have a roof over my head and something to eat thanks to John Howard. And who knows maybe the creator will see to helping me with a home and work. Then I would be in a position to volunteer my time and abilities where ever I may be able to contribute. Not huge goals, but immensely important for me. Thank you for reading my story.

Wish List
  • Warm winter coat - Size M

  • Back pack

  • Underware, especially thermal - M

Howard House
Vernon, British Columbia

The John Howard Society began offering services to men and women in Okanagan in 1957. Originally based out of Kelowna the Society grew over the years, eventually providing services throughout the Okanagan, the Thompson region and the Kootneys.
The Gateway Men's Shelter provides men emergency shelter in the downtown core area of Vernon to the absolute homeless who may be suffering from economic downturn, illiteracy, addictions or mental health challenges.

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