Robert, age 47, fought personal issues most of his adult life. By his own admission, he lived an unhealthy life and was unable to maintain employment. He felt like his life was spiraling out of control in a negative direction. “I was talking to a friend and shared that I just wanted to be healthy in every way – physically, mentally and spiritually. He put me in touch with Chaplain Larry who serves Guiding Light. That was when real change began to happen for me,” he recalls.
Born and raised in Dowagiac, Michigan, Robert will return there for Christmas this year. It will be the first Christmas with his family, including his mother, brother, two nieces and a nephew, in six years. Upon returning, he will move into a new transitional housing opportunity provided for men who have completed the Back to Work program. Three men will move into a three bedroom, two and one-half bath townhouse. “God is blessing me. My Mom always said ‘When you do good, good will follow,'” shares Robert.
“I needed a fresh start and found it through the Back to Work program. I came to Guiding Light for a safe place to live, and I worked with The Job Post to find employment. I found respect and a place where people let me be myself yet I am held accountable. I definitely found what I was looking for,” he says.
Robert works as a Quality Inspector of car parts for Spectrum Industries. Through this housing opportunity, he will pay rent in full and on time monthly. He will receive an Alumni Card which provides two meals a week, use of the Computer Lab and continuing counseling.
He wants to stay connected to those who have helped him so much. “I told Mr. Ray that I would like to volunteer, so if anything needs to be painted, cleaned or fixed, he knows to call me. I am still a work in progress, but I am at a point where I want to live a peaceful life and give back. I am humble, grateful and truly blessed to be where I am today. I am beginning to build a healthy life. God has seen me through and answered my prayers,” Robert concludes.