Samuel is a U.S. Army Veteran who became homeless after experiencing several major illnesses that kept him in and out of the hospital for the past six years. Today, he has his own home through the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program.

Samuel’s journey home started when he was discharged from the hospital. He had no income and was too ill to go back to work.

“I immediately started to seek some places for refuge and was unable to find anything to meet my needs. Through inquiring, I found a place of hope, namely, the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.”

He met his case manager Al McKinnon, who’s also a Veteran, and immediately connected with their shared experiences. They met once a week and established a plan to get him back on his feet.

“I felt like Mr. McKinnon truly understood me. He was willing to provide time and support during my stay here and worked so hard on my behalf.”

After several months, Samuel had all the paperwork he needed to find his permanent home.

“I can’t thank Al and others enough for making the Coalition a temporary home for me. I learned that courage, strength, endurance and a little patience pays off in the end.”

Thank you for being a part of Samuel’s story. Your support ends homelessness for Veterans and helps them get access to their benefits and find permanent housing.

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