Mayor of Apponaug

When I first came to House of Hope CDC, I was tired of living on the streets and wanted to turn my life around. I’m the guy you’ve probably heard of who six years ago was crushed by a garbage truck when the dumpster I was sleeping in was emptied in before I could scream for help. I was a broken man – physically and emotionally. But I knew I couldn’t go back to the life I was living, so I took all the steps needed to survive – I went through the emergency shelter, I moved into a supportive housing program called Conway at House of Hope, and eventually I moved into my own apartment thanks to House of Hope CDC. Living at the Thomas Wilbur Homestead, part of House of Hope’s permanent housing, has changed my life. The property is beautiful. We cook for ourselves, clean for ourselves, and have our own space. I feel like I am on my own. It’s a little scary; it’s a lot of trust. But we still have an amazing support system.  I have purpose in life and look forward to each day. I take pride in my apartment, but also in my neighborhood. Come by – you’ll probably see me out there raking, shoveling, watering the plants, sweeping the sidewalk, chatting with neighbors while I help unload their groceries, or walking to local shops. Every year I put up all of the holiday decorations and Christmas lights.   Earlier this year, I got a letter of thanks from the Apponaug Area Improvement Association thanking me for what I do to keep...