Jeff (not his real name), a slender man in his late 30s, came to Interfaith Works Residences through Interfaith Works’ Carroll House men’s shelter program after experiencing homelessness for some time.

Although Jeff’s family cares for him deeply and wants the best for him, they were unable to understand or assist him with his behavioral health issues.

At Carroll House shelter, Jeff was able to address many of his behavioral health issues with medication and regular meetings with his Interfaith Works case manager. His health stabilized immensely and he was ready to work. He was referred to a vocational program and found a position working at a grocery store. Interfaith Works staff has worked closely with his vocational counselor to help Jeff maintain his employment and succeed at work.

He then moved to IW Residences.  This program provides efficiency apartments for  men and women who have experienced chronic homelessness, typically over  many years. The IW Residences staff is committed to provide support and encouragement to ensure that residents experience a successful transition to housing.

Since moving into Interfaith Works Residences Jeff, with support from staff, has been able to further stabilize by maintaining a routine and keeping in contact with those who care for him. He is very willing to help with chores and always has a pleasant demeanor that staff and other residents greatly appreciate. For the first time in years, Jeff has a place to call his own, which makes him proud.