Before finding South Oakland Shelter (SOS), Darius was struggling with mental health issues due to his homelessness.
The lack of control that results from an unstable living situation was really affecting him and ultimately resulted in a stay in a mental hospital. That facility connected Darius to SOS; and once in the shelter, things started to improve for him immediately.
“The first job that I had in over five years I got while I was at SOS. It was very close by and the SOS staff and volunteers made sure I had transportation to work every day. Working there and staying at SOS really helped me get back on my feet,” Darius expressed.
SOS helped Darius get connected to a Permanent Supportive Housing program, which provides Darius with a stable and permanent home as well as supportive services to help him maintain stability.
“For all the stuff I’ve been through for the last few years, the support of South Oakland Shelter has been a God send. The fact that there are all of these people that don’t even know you wanting to help you out gives me a better opinion of the world. SOS helped me to stay positive through a difficult time and I am so grateful.”