Catholic Charities is committed to helping individuals and families experiencing homelessness find affordable, stable housing. Our team helps veterans and their families, people with severe mental illness and others who need shelter. We have multiple programs to help homeless persons throughout Northern Arizona.

Tuesday, 21 November 2023

Man Experiencing Homelessness Thrives with Compassion and Resources from Bullhead City Staff

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In 2009, David started a new life. He moved across the country to Arizona to help his mom’s family move. Sadly, David didn’t get the fresh start he was expecting.

Money became tight, and David had to sell his motorcycle to support his family. David and his dad eventually found themselves homeless and camping in the scorching desert heat. After David’s dad started suffering from heart attacks, David quit his job to help take care of him.

Six weeks after quitting his job, David made his way back to the campsite to tell his dad that he’d found housing for them. He was devastated to discover that his dad had passed away.

Fighting Through Homelessness and Grief

David found temporary shelter at a friend’s house, but soon learned that the friend was selling drugs. He knew the situation would only contribute to his problems.

Once again, David found himself on his own. He was looking for a bottle of water one day when he got in contact with the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army gave him the address for the BHHS Legacy Foundation Christine Stamper Center for Help & Hope, operated by Catholic Charities. The shelter provides emergency housing and serves as a day resource center and outreach center with temporary shelter and meals for up to three families, 40 individuals and eight veterans. In addition, onsite case management services are available to help clients work toward permanent housing and stability.

Motivated to Make Progress

David arrived at the shelter with no belongings. He was beyond grateful to receive a tablet he could use for his job search and to locate resources. The staff at the shelter also helped David set up an appointment to get new glasses.

“Everyone here is really nice. I haven’t had any problems with anybody, and everyone’s accepting,” said David.

David also received help with his resume and applying for jobs. Now that he has an address to put on applications, he’s been extremely motivated to find a job. The inability to have an address for applications and no way to receive mail, including identification and state and federal benefits cards, is one of the biggest barriers to overcoming homelessness. Thankfully, the Center accepts mail for homeless clients.

He finds the shelter to be a welcoming refuge in a world that’s largely hostile to those experiencing homelessness. “All the staff members are really helpful, and they don’t hold being outdoors against you. Which a lot of people do, even if it’s through no fault of your own,” added David.

David looks forward to the day when he can move into a place of his own. Gaining stability will not only allow him to build upon his passion for helping others but also make his dad proud.

Support the Bullhead City Shelter

One of the most important things Catholic Charities does for those experiencing homelessness is connect them to resources that promote stability in all areas of life. Medical care, transportation, clothing and toiletries, as simple as they may be, all help a person overcome homelessness. If you want to help provide resources to those at our Bullhead City shelter, donate online or through our Amazon Charity List today.

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Bethany Durham

Bethany Durham has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a passion for storytelling. Her writing for Catholic Charities has included blogs, newspaper and magazine articles. She enjoys telling client stories in a way that captures the humanity and emotions of those she writes about. When she’s not working, Bethany loves to spend time with her two cats, hike and sing karaoke.