The Gift of Faith Gave Anthony a New Start

I am here because I’m looking for stability and instruction in my life. I’m also looking for consistent employment so that I can become a more productive citizen. I took a bad turn, but by the grace of God, I’m back at it again.

I lost part of my middle finger during an on-the-job accident and began to have issues with pain medication. It took me awhile to wean myself off of the meds, and by that time, I missed rent and was couch surfing. 

Once people know that you’re in need, they can become demanding. Luckily, I learned about Guiding Light through word of mouth. Here, you have a place to stay that is rent-free for 90 days, provided that you follow their simple rules, like doing your assigned chores, staying sober, and going to job interviews. I’m capable of doing that.

My plan is to stay here for the entire three months of the program.  My goal is to save $2,000 during that time so that I will have enough to pay for my first month’s rent at an apartment and get back on my feet. If I can do that, there aren’t too many places that will turn me away. As long as I keep my job, I should be able to maintain housing.
That’s what normal people do. There’s help available with housing as well, as long as you’re working and showing that you’re making some type of progress. That’s part of the program; they have the resources to do that.  They have great job coaches and they know where to send you. You’re not just banging your feet for no reason, knocking on closed doors. The doors have already been opened for us because of this program.

I went to church Sunday and the preacher told me that God is giving me another chance. Five years down the road I want to see myself in my own house with my own kids running around me.