Bob’s Story

Bob lived in Harrington Hall since 2010.  He was diagnosed with Depression and Bipolar disorder in the 90’s and received SSI benefits because of these disorders.  Bob mostly kept to himself while at Harrington Hall and didn’t participate much in case management.   He told me during the day there weren’t many places he could be at and didn’t like the downtown Providence area because there was too much trouble, so he would often go to Garden City. He would buy lunch in order to be able to stay and not be kicked out.  He stated a lot of his monthly income was spent just doing that.  Bob doesn’t appear to have any drug or alcohol issues and didn’t enjoy being around people who suffered from addictions.   In January of 2014, I met Bob and approached him about the ACCESS to HOPE program.  At first he was hesitant because he didn’t want to have a roommate, didn’t want to live in Providence and some other surrounding cities.  I asked him where he would like to live if he could live anywhere in Rhode Island, “Narragansett” he stated.  I let the Property Manager know this and they started to look for a place in this area.  Bob grew up in this area, loves the beach and loves to bike ride.   House of Hope Property Management located an apartment in Narragansett and I brought Bob to go see it, he loved it right away.  Bob moved in on February 28, 2014.  At first I met with Bob weekly to make sure he was adjusting to living out there on...

Fred’s Story

Fred moved into a three-bedroom apartment at the end of February 2014.   Fred had lived at Harrington Hall for over a year, and for the last several months worked full time at a warehouse leaving the shelter by 5am to get to work on time.   Fred has had some substance abuse history, stopped using cocaine/crack in 2006 but has struggled with alcohol ever since. He has had years of sobriety at one time but more recently, relapses every few months or so which often jeopardizes his employment.   Fred relapsed on alcohol soon after he moved into housing.  Fred moved into his apartment first and didn’t have roommates for about a month or so.  He reported that he “missed the shelter” and struggled with those feelings because he thought they were silly.  He said even though he didn’t speak to many people there he knew people were still around and it was comforting.   Fred detoxed himself and got back on track and was able to talk his employer into keeping him.  Fred felt since this detox was so difficult, that would keep him away from relapsing again.  Fred was not interested in counseling or seeing a doctor and felt he could keep himself sober based on how horrible he felt while detoxing.   Fred reported feeling better, he got roommates and they seemed to get along pretty well.  After about six weeks, Fred relapsed again for about 1 week.  This time, Fred wasn’t so lucky had his employer let him go.   His two roommates, very concerned about his well being, asked to speak to him...

Ted’s Story

Ted had been homeless for almost 4 years before he was placed in a 3-bedroom apartment in Providence April 1, 2014.   I met Ted at Harrington Hall in January, he had long straggly hair, hadn’t shaved in quite sometime and answered questions with “Yes” or “No” without much other dialog.  Ted was hesitant when I approached him about ACCESS to HOPE but eventually agreed to fill out an application and get the process going.   One obvious feature on Ted when someone saw him was a protruding hernia that he had for over 20 years.  When I asked him if he would like me to help him connect to services for the surgery he stated, “No, a lot can happen when you are put under for surgery”.  Ted self reports that he is schizophrenic and bipolar, two other areas he did not wish to address when I first met him at Harrington Hall.   Ted did not like the first apartment he saw; he felt it was “too modern”, however he loved the second one.  Ted had his first months rent, his security and money for his furniture all on the day of his move in.  At first I met with Ted and his two other roommates every week at their apartment.   One day Ted caught me off guard stating “I am having surgery for my hernia, the surgery will be soon”.  Ted took it upon himself to look into who would be best to do his surgery, getting the appointment and going to it himself.  The following week, Ted stated to me “I am having my...