Homeless Veteran Finds Hope

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Bob, an Army Veteran, first came to Fayette Cares because he was out of work and couldn’t pay his electric bill.  But because of caring donors like you, he found the help he needed to get back on track. 

He was so moved that he pledged to pay back the kindness.  With no money to donate we wasn’t sure how he could help the caring folks who had helped him.  

As a house painter his eyes were drawn to the faded Fayette Cares storage buildings.  Left like this, they would surely rot.  He quickly set off on a mission to give the shabby sheds a facelift.  In a few short days the units looked good as new.  

He bid a warm farewell to the staff and volunteers and never imagined needing to return to Fayette Cares.  

Unfortunately, nearly two decades later, life had dealt Bob a few hard blows.  

When he returned to Fayette Cares he was homeless, in a wheelchair, and his health was failing.  

“Sometimes I just feel like breaking down and crying,” said Bob.  He struggled to access his veteran benefits and had all but given up.  

“Sometimes I just feel like breaking down and crying”

But at the Fayette Cares homeless shelter Case Manager Melody was relentless in advocating for him.  She made calls, researched services, even pled for aid.  One by one she knocked down the barriers to safety and stability.  

With your support Bob was able to get medical aid, housing and transportation services, and most importantly he found hope for brighter days.  

Bob’s health improved and he moved into a home of his own.   He received furniture, bedding and bath supplies, food, and clothing from the Fayette Cares donation center; all gifts from donors like you.

He cried as he left the shelter, letting us know how much he loved and appreciated everyone who cared for him.

“There are a lot of people here that have warm hearts you guys are angels!”  

 Because of caring people like you, Fayette Cares has helped families in crisis for more than three decades.  Consider making a gift that makes an impact at FayetteCares.org/Donate.  Together we can end homelessness, break the cycle of domestic violence, and create stability and self-sufficiency from crisis.

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