Cindy Wise came into our care in April suffering from serious health issues exacerbated by homelessness and drug abuse. Under the compassionate and caring environment at Doug's House, Cindy was able to get sober and begin paving a path towards self sufficiency.
"It was kinda confusing because I'm still not use to relaxing environments like Doug's House. Here, I was able to get my health put back together. I'm able to get the things that I need to do that I couldn't do when I was homeless," Cindy said.
Cindy is a unique medical case as well. She is a "HIV elite controller," which means her body prevents HIV from progressing towards AIDS.
"I thought I was going to be like everyone else. I thought the viral load is going to get bigger. The T cells are going to drop but over time I never had a viral load. I've never taken medication," Cindy said.
With Cindy's health now stabilized and dramatically improving everyday, she is working with community organizations to find permanent supportive housing.
"God only knows, without Doug's House, I'd be out there sleeping on the streets. When you're homeless, it's not easy at all to envision a future," Cindy said.
Cindy now envisions a future when she too will own her own home.