John served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War as a young man. He came to New Ground from a homeless Veteran shelter after his life had deteriorated from years of substance abuse and bad choices. He had been living in homeless shelters and substance abuse treatment centers for almost two years. He was unemployed and working with staff at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Northport in attempts to secure job training. However being homeless created many challenges to making this happen, and was having a serious negative impact on his employment search.
During his years with New Ground he completed job training through the Veterans Administration, worked hard to secure employment including promotions and salary increases, cleared up his debts and credit report, reconnected with his family, and saved the funds necessary to obtain a market rent apartment. When reflecting on his time with New Ground, he spoke at length about his gratitude for all the assistance.
“Thank you for the time allowing me to adjust, and to become a productive member of society once again. Your kindness and thoughtful consideration afforded me the opportunity to become closer to my family, to obtain gainful employment and also to transition back to a normal way of living, and for helping me obtain my goals. For this I am truly grateful! I would recommend this program for all Veterans who might find themselves in a similar situation.”
John continues to do well, working in the same fulltime job for over ten years while earning various raises and promotions. He continues to manage his health and his life, and is enjoying time with his friends and family. He has begun a savings for when he retires in a few years and adds to this steadily while managing his budget month to month. He is proud of all the goals and work he has accomplished.