Losing your job can put you on a steep slide to homelessness. Job loss and alcohol addiction combined can make it difficult to climb back up. Joe Anderson needed stability and support to help him rebuild his life.

“I got to the point where I drank at home and I got to the point where I was drinking in the morning. I got laid off from work – I was still drinking and of course that doesn’t motivate you much to get up and look for a job,” Joe said.

Joe lost his job and soon after, his apartment. Now homeless, he went from shelter to shelter looking for a way to rebuild his life. Union Mission gave him the support he needed to achieve his goals.

“It’s allowing me to transition back into that phase where you know how to deal with people,” Joe said. “When you drink, you hang your head down. You know people’s watching you and they frown down on you. I don’t have that now. It’s helped me gain my confidence back in myself.”

Within four days of entering Grace House’s 90-day program, Joe found a job in the hospitality industry. When he completed the Grace House program, Joe moved into the transitional housing offered by Union Mission’s Beyond Grace program. Working  and saving for his future, Joe hopes to continue in the culinary arts and become a caterer.

Union Mission gave Joe the stability he needed to start a new chapter in his life. He has the skills to create a promising future for himself. Thanks to those who have given generously to Union Mission, the support Joe received is available to those still in need.