Q. How did your housing situation become unstable?
James: I’m a single parent, and I was with someone but unfortunately we broke up. I wound up couch surfing, from this couch to that couch. I actually went to live with my son, because I kind of had “plans” or ideas of what I wanted to do. And I’ll tell you a really good joke, if you ever want to hear God laugh – tell him your plans. Because everything I planned didn’t work. I wound up couch surfing, from this couch to that couch, and I got up and said ‘There’s got to be a better way.’ That’s when I applied to Homeward Bound.
Q. What do you think of the Homeward Bound program?
James: I love this place, man. Honestly. Homeward Bound put a roof over my head, and that made all the difference in the world to me. The fact that I know every night where I’m gonna lay my head means a lot. And with that I can comfort my daughter and let her know that we have stability in our lives now.
Q. What are your goals for the future?
James: I’m at a point where I’m ready to turn the corner. I’m working part time, and I’m thinking now that my daughter’s stable enough, I can go full-time. And I thank God I’ve been able to make baby steps. So God willing, I’ll get to renew my contract with Homeward Bound for a second year with a 40-hour job and save the money that I’ll be making. I don’t see any problem with gaining self-sufficiency. I explained to my case manager, I’ve worked all my life and I’ve had good jobs, but sometimes in life we have to understand our priorities – and it’s because of my child that I need to get my life structured to her life. With Homeward Bound’s help, I don’t see why I couldn’t gain full-time employment and be totally sufficient within the next year.