(Above) SC Staff Member, Aaron Frostick, LLMSW, talks with one of our clients who resides at Shepherds of Independence. SC works closely with many housing agencies and landlords in order to place our clients. Many of the people we work with find it very difficult to live in subsidized housing due to their mental illness and behaviors.
Read stories below about the work of Servants Center.
Servants Center workers found Robert living in the doorway of an unoccupied commercial building. We were able to secure housing for him and helped restore his Social Security disability income. Robert is over 70 years old and is typical of the growing number of mentally impaired homeless senior citizens we are finding on the streets.
Vic is from Detroit. He came to Grand Rapids, stopped taking his medication and became confused. He had been homeless for over two years when Servants Center workers found him living under the US131 freeway. We were able to locate his worried family and they drove to Grand Rapids to take him home. This reunion was a joyous day!
Emma lived for over a year in an opening under the loading dock of an abandoned warehouse. Servants Center helped her qualify for Social Security disability income. SC was able to find housing for Emma at the Old Morton House Apartments downtown where she lived happily for many years and was compliant with medications which helped her manage her severe mental illness. Emma went to be with our Lord a few years and we give thanks for the opportunity we had to serve such a sweet lady.
Gary is from Haiti. Servants Center workers found him wandering the streets, wet and cold, on a winter night. All of Gary’s identification had been lost or stolen, so he could not get help from government agencies. We were able to provide him emergency housing, restore his ID, and take him through the steps to get his Social Security disability income.
Margaret had been homeless since she was 15. We tried to reach out to her for years, but she wasn’t ready to trust us. Her addiction to drugs got in the way. The Lord softened Margaret’s heart and she allowed us to help her get off the streets. Since then she has been drug-free for several years, maintains her own apartment very well, and has helped us reach out to other homeless people.