I began working with John in the fall of 2014 when I started with the Project SAIL Team. He had been working with multiple people in our organization for about two years before I met him. At the time, he spent most of his days down by the river, where he had been living for the majority of the past 20 years.
At first, John was skeptical of me as another new worker. He “fired” me every other month for the first year. However, as we continued meeting, John started to engage more and more. I quickly learned that John is an intelligent man who probably knows more facts about life than most Jeopardy contestants.
We were able to set him up with a psychiatrist and a therapist while he continued to live outdoors. The next step was to find him a place to live. John wanted to live in an apartment that was clean and had good water pressure in the shower. The hardest part about the housing process was that he had a 20-year old felony, one that most landlords frown upon. On top of that, John had picked up multiple “lifestyle crimes” (mostly misdemeanors).
Finally, in the summer of 2016, we found a landlord that was willing to work with John and Project SAIL. John moved into a newly remodeled apartment and has been living there for nearly nine months. John has been adjusting to this new way of living and is working on becoming a healthier version of himself.
- Alyssa Paulson, LSW │ Case Manager II – Project SAIL │ People Incorporated