“When I left the hospital, my niece tried to put me in a nursing home. And the word ‘nursing home’ scared me to death. When I was younger, I didn’t know what it was. So, I asked my brother. And he told me it’s a place where they send you when your family don’t have time to take care of you. They put you there to die. So, when my niece tried to put me in a nursing home, I thought to myself ‘Oh, my God. I’m gonna die.”
With no other options, Gregory eventually found his way to Volunteers of America and the Alexandria Community Shelter.
“I had heard that this place will help you. So, that’s why I came. I needed help and I wanted to get up. And I will tell you, my case manager is awesome. They help me stay healthy. When I arrived, I was in a wheel chair and then I had a walker. Now I walk just fine. They also help me pay for my medicine. They help me get around. They’ve given me clothing. And now, they are helping me find a place.”
Early this month, Gregory celebrated his 77th birthday and although his journey towards independent living still continues, he’s very grateful for all of the support donors like you have made possible for him and others at the shelter.
“I just want to say thank you to all the people who help the shelter and the staff here. The staff are awesome. And it means a lot to me.”
With the holidays fast approaching many of the individuals and families we serve at the shelter will be in need of holiday cheer. To learn more about how you can be the light for them, consider joining our Adopt-A-Family program at www.voachesapeake.org/adopt-a-family or by clicking the button below.