Thornell Moore had an addiction to drugs, alcohol and bouts of depression. His selfjudgment is one of the things that led to his addictive behavior, creating lots of regrets. He had no relationship with his children, his family and friends no longer trusted him and put him out of their homes. He was homeless for nine months. One day, Mr. Moore experienced a moment of clarity, and he knew it was time to ask for help.
He entered the Emery Work Bed Program on January 10, 2018. Mr. Moore stated that the Emery staff helped him realize the importance of making changes for himself and his children. All that he achieved in the last 8 months would not have been possible without the help of Emery’s counseling services, and the support meetings he attended daily. With the supportive services he regained his sobriety.
Prior to leaving Emery, Mr. Moore obtained a ServSafe Certificate for food and beverage handlers. He left the Emery program on August 10, 2018, and now lives in an SRO (Single Room Occupancy). He works full-time as a Head Cook and supervises two employees at the DC Public Schools. He also works part-time as a cook at Providence Hospital.
Mr. Moore is feeling good these days. He has two jobs; he saved $4,500 dollars through the Coalition’s Escrow Program, and maintains a checking and savings account. He says” people trust me and I have learned how to be responsible.” Mr. Moore is proud that he reunited with his daughter and their relationship is getting stronger every day. He is now a firm believer that his dream can be his reality.
Due to substance abuse problems, a troubled marriage, mental and physical stress, Vernon Suggs could not keep a job and became homeless. He ended up at Blair Transitional Rehabilitation Program on October 8, 2016. To help Mr. Suggs get back on his feet, he received supportive services, counseling, job referral and placement assistance through the Coalition’s in-house Employment Program. As a result, Mr. Suggs has been employed since April 2017. As an onsite Service Technician at Van Ness Luxury Apartments, he pays reduced rent, makes $20 per hour and receives full benefits. In addition, he will receive free training and certification as an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning) Technician. Mr. Suggs confidence and determination has been restored. He wants to succeed and become more productive. He says he feels motivated to get up in the morning to join the working class and provide a service to others. Great progress Mr. Suggs; keep up the good work!
Mr. Wilbert Atkins was unemployed and lived between family members and homeless shelters. When Mr. Atkins gained custody of his daughter Sasha, she became Mr. Atkins motivation to improve his life. Mr. Atkins and his daughter entered the 50th Street Family Program on January 12, 2015. In January 2018, after receiving supportive services from the Coalitions’ 50th Street Family Program for over a year, Wilbert Atkins, a single father, and his daughter Sasha moved into permanent affordable housing. They love their new place and Sasha is doing well in school. Mr. Atkins stated that he feels like a man again and a productive father. He works full-time as an Information Technology technician at the Office of Chief Technology Officer (OCTO). Today, this family is safe, warm and self-sufficient.