- On November 30, 2016
Michael plans to visit his mother on Christmas and he’s looking forward to surprising her with a gift. “I can get her something this year,” he says.
In the past, that hasn’t always been possible, as he struggled with homelessness and financial hardship. Michael came to the Rescue Mission’s emergency shelter after a falling out with his then-wife and her family. From the shelter, he moved into the Rescue Mission’s Crossroads Adult Home, then eventually he moved to a room in Gifford Place, the Syracuse Rescue Mission’s permanent supportive housing.
From there, Michael’s case manager helped him find affordable senior housing, and he now has an apartment of his own in Syracuse. The Rescue Mission provided him with housewares and furniture donated by supporters. “Let’s just say things are looking up, getting better,” Michael says.
Recently, Michael adopted a cat from an animal rescue organization. “His name’s Marvin, but I usually call him ‘Kitty’ or ‘Bubba,’” he laughs. “Every time I come home, my cat’s right there by the door waiting for me.”
Michael says he appreciates the supporters who make the Rescue Mission’s shelter, housing and case management possible. “All I can say is ‘Thank you.’”