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 surgery tomorrow, I may have to stay over night and may need a ride”. I let him know to call me and I will come get him. Ted did call and when I got there he was dressed, looking well and was about 20lbs lighter. He stated he felt great and he was brought home.
Since then, Ted says he can eat again, he can move around without pain, and he feels great. Ted is always clean-shaven, groomed and in clean clothing. He often cooks healthy meals for him and at times, his roommates. He now has full conversations, smiles and has even shown interest in seeing a psychiatrist and getting back on medication.
I told Ted how proud of him I am and that I can help him with anything he needs and he stated, “I can do it, I just needed a stable place to live before I could begin the process”. I met with Ted today, again clean-shaven, well dressed and he even got his haircut. All this could not have been possible for Ted without the ACCESS to HOPE program.