May of this year brought unexpected changes for Charlie. He’s a Gillette native, who found a great job opportunity out of state. When Carlie returned as the project ended, he found his home gone.
Charlie is in his 50’s and no stranger to hard work. He’s worked a variety of jobs, all demanding, and all an experience Charlie has very much enjoyed. His days of job travel and grueling manual labor are behind him now though. As Charlie ages he realizes he just can’t do as much as he used to.
“The effects of a traumatic brain injury”
To make aging even more challenging, the effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) Charlie sustained years ago have started to become more pronounced. Charlie has a difficult time remembering things, prioritizing tasks, and keeping things straight. It was this realization that lead Charlie to where he is now.
“Charlie had nowhere to go”
It wasn’t a smooth transition though. Charlie returned to Gillette, his hometown, after taking a job across state lines. The home he had left however, wasn’t there when he came back. Subject to a tenant/landlord mis-understanding Charlie had nowhere to go.
Never needing support before, Charlie was a fish out of water. He made his way to the homeless shelter, figuring that would be the best place to start.
“Couldn’t help but notice the amount of support he needed”
After a few days in the shelter, Charlie had a plan in mind and was going to move in with some friends while he got his feet back on solid ground. Staying with friends only worked for a few days though. Charlie couldn’t help but notice the amount of support he needed and how much worse the effects of his TBI seemed to be.
Ready to seek guidance, Charlie came back to the homeless shelter and began working closely with our case management team. An opening was available at the Greenhouse Group Home and Charlie thought it might be a good fit for him.
“Charlie was itching for progress”
After a detailed application process and many meetings with the case management team, Charlie was itching for progress. He’d had his hopes up for the Greenhouse, but the application process was taking more time than he wanted. Charlie was actively applying for other housing opportunities, but nothing was coming fast enough.
“His application for the Greenhouse was approved”
Finally, Charlie got the news he was hoping for. Late last week his application for the Greenhouse was approved and he’d be able to move into his new home at the beginning of October.
Charlie is the epitome of never giving up. His incredible attitude and willingness to make the most of his situation will be a great addition to the Greenhouse, and we are honored to be able to give Charlie the independence he craves and the support he deserves.