Harry Dickerson was one of the homeless men you may have passed on the street.
“I remember there were times I would be on the train and I’d be so embarrassed because I was dirty. And I used to just look for a hole to crawl into.”
But when he reached bottom and decided to turn his life around, we were there for Harry because of gifts from people like you.“Project Renewal gave me a chance and stood next to me and they‘re still next to me.”
Harry is one of thousands of once-homeless people who found ways to rebuild their lives through Project Renewal’s assistance with permanent housing, employment, overnight shelter, addiction treatment, and much, much more.
Next year thousands of homeless men and women will reach the same point that Harry did, mustering the courage to believe they can have more for their lives.
When Harry was only 11 years old, his mother suddenly died. He and his brothers were alone.
They were forced to grow up too fast. They had too few positive influences. And sadly, his brothers couldn’t survive the streets … all three died young.
By the time Harry turned to Project Renewal, he had already spent eight-and-a-half years in prison. He was homeless and addicted to drugs.
But he did not give up. In fact, Harry made it.
Harry said, ”it’s not how you start out at the gate, it’s how you finish. Today I’ve been in my apartment three years, I’m in my 5th year with the job I’m at, I’ve never worked anywhere for 5 years. My job is important to me, I’m doing something, I’m being productive not just to society but to me. By me being good to me, it rubs off on society.”
President & CEO
P.S. There’s still time to make a tax-deductible gift for 2012. Thank you for helping a neighbor in need.