A healthy step: Leonard's story
Leonard was shaking when he arrived at the DRC's Transfer Center offices. He was weak from hunger and exhaustion, it's true, but his trembling hands were signs of a more serious challenge.
Leonard, 59, lives with Parkinson's Disease, and though he had walked less than a mile from one of the city's homeless shelters, each step had been exhausting.
Make no mistake, Leonard was glad to have a place to sleep and a meal or two a day, but emergency shelters are no place for someone living with Parkinson's Disease. Because he slept in a barrack-style dormitory with bunk beds, Leonard had to be in line hours before the shelter opened to make sure he got a bottom bunk. Come morning, he had to be out before sunrise, carrying everything he owned.
By the time Leonard turned to the DRC and case manager Amber Waldrop, he had difficulty standing. Amber, a former nursing home administrator, could see there was
no time to lose. Using personal and professional contacts, she was able to have Leonard admitted to a nursing home the same day.
Now, after a month of regular meals, rest and medication, he's gaining strength. Leonard will be able to take care of himself soon, thanks to the woman he calls his angel. When he's ready, the DRC wi
ll be there to help him find a place of his own.
Surely no one with a debilitating illness should have to live on the streets or struggle to survive in homeless shelters. If you agree, now is the time to give a gift of health and hope with a monthly commitment to the DRC. It's easy: go to
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