Before finding Lighthouse, Stephen was unable to find help
In 2018, Stephen became sick with a heart issue which made him lose his job that required strenuous activity. He was soon forced to live on the streets, while also paying for his medical treatment. Stephen reached out to many shelters but was unable to find an organization that could help, until he came across Lighthouse. In March of 2019, Stephen joined Lighthouse’s shelter program.
When he got to Lighthouse, Stephen asked what their goals were for him and they said “to get you permanently housed” and that’s when he knew he came to the right spot. He was able to get into the Permanent Supportive Housing program and with the help of his case managers, Stephen found an apartment in Pontiac. He was extremely thankful to be fully housed before COVID so he was able to safely shelter in place. He was given many resources from Lighthouse, which he fully used and was able to get to where he is now. While housing was the main goal for Stephen, he also was very determined to re-enter the workforce. He was guided towards Michigan Rehabilitation Services to help aid in education and workforce training services. He is training at multiple jobs now and has steady employment. “Be ready for change. They are giving you the opportunity for any and all help you need. You have to take and run with it.”