It isn’t always a long downfall to homelessness; sometimes it’s sudden. Your wife leaves, depression kicks in, a gambling problem develops, the bipolar disorder you were diagnosed with as a teenager becomes a problem again and when your car suddenly breaks down, you can’t afford to fix it. At least that’s the case with Jerry, a former antique shop owner and head of a recycling business from Frederick, Maryland.
Drinking. Drugs. Dropping out of high school. Any one of the three could derail most people. Add a positive diagnosis of HIV and anyone could easily find themselves dealing with both homelessness and hopelessness. After years of facing all four challenges, Calvin eventually chose to work hard to create a brighter future for himself, rather than to give up.