- On September 6, 2017
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Alan is a retired Navy veteran who served in the Red Sea, stationed in Ethiopia. He had been living in an apartment, but when the landlord raised the rent a significant amount, his fixed pension meant that he could no longer afford to live there and had to move out.
Finding himself with no place to live, Alan decided to move into the storage unit he had been renting for some of his belongings. But as winter rapidly approached, Alan knew that living in the storage unit would no longer suffice, and it was then he decided to come to the Rescue Mission for help.
When he arrived, he stayed in the Mission’s temporary shelter for about four months before being able to move into one of the Mission’s permanent housing units.
Alan said, “I now know homelessness can happen to anyone. I’m proof. I never thought I’d end up homeless. But I will say this … I’m so grateful the Mission was here to help me. The staff here is amazing and they will do whatever they can for you if you need and want the help.”
Now, with a place to call his own and rent that he can afford on his fixed income, Alan is free to contemplate what he wants to do with his life going forward as he settles into his hard-earned retirement years. “Maybe I’ll do some fishing,” he said with a smile.