Community Success Stories “Don came to the Neighborhood Center while sleeping in his van.”

Don came to the Neighborhood Center while sleeping in his van. He had fallen on extremely hard times after a job loss and considerable health concerns, and was unable to qualify for many services because of not having proper identification. He came to the Center during the winter for a hot meal and a shower, and with the hope of getting a new ID. While there, he learned more about our case management program. For months, Don met with the Case Manager weekly. During that time, he went from emergency housing to permanent housing, overlooking serious health problems to meeting with a team of medical professionals on a regular basis, and being unemployed to holding a full time job. Also, when Don moved into his new place he was sleeping on the floor. His Case Manager immediately began looking for a bed fit for a man of his stature (6’5″), and found one! Don is now an active member of a local church and uses his incredible voice in the choir. He regularly comes in to drop off food donations for the Neighborhood Center’s pantry. During the Christmas holiday, he rearranged his work schedule just to sing for our two-day Christmas distribution. He was a hit!


-Catholic Charities of WV