Keith’s journey with Guest House started when he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. After spending ten days in the hospital, he was no longer able to work. Unfortunately, without this source of income, Keith was evicted from his apartment.
After becoming homeless, he stayed with family, but soon he knew he needed to go somewhere else. He stayed in three different emergency shelters, but none of them worked for him.
“I always felt like I was in a correctional facility,” Keith said.
Keith’s final stop before Guest House was a Milwaukee County park.
“I was sleeping in a park, and a cop came up and talked with me. He told me about Guest House, and gave me the number I needed to call,” said Keith.
Keith was scared to come to Guest House. His experiences with shelters hadn’t been positive, and when he first entered the shelter, he assumed that Guest House would be no different. According to Keith, the Residential Services staff at Guest House were one of the big influences in keeping him at Guest House. The staff helped him become engaged in the programming, and helped him open up to the other guests at the shelter.
While working with his case manager, he began to learn more about mental health, and exploring his own. Keith learned about, and enrolled in the Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) program, a client-driven care coordination service.
While in CCS, he was able to begin seeking treatment for his mental health diagnosis, and he moved into another program at Guest House, called Recovery Housing, a program designed for men looking to be in recovery from a mental health diagnosis or an addiction.
Keith eventually graduated from Recovery Housing and moved into his own apartment in Greenfield. He still meets with his CCS care coordinator and still remains in treatment at the Guest House Counseling Clinic.
Keith is thankful for all the services he received at Guest House, and is especially grateful for the staff.
“They never stop caring. They’ve always been there to help me. Without them, I don’t know where I’d be.”
Your financial gift this year allows us to provide innovative, compassionate, and effective solutions to homelessness in our community. You are investing in the lives of our neighbors, like Keith, who have been, and continue to be, transformed by Guest House.
Your gift is why Guest House continues to be More Than Shelter.
For more information on how to donate, contact Andrew Pieterick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-430-7821.
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"I asked myself, 'Tyrone, do you love yourself?' and the people here helped me change the things about my life that were all wrong. But it all started when I began to love myself."
- Tyrone P. commenting on his graduation
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