Army veteran Michael was comfortable. He had affordable rent in Prescott, was making his car payments and enjoyed life with his beloved dog.
Then, a series of devastating events changed Michael’s life. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. He would need an intensive schedule of chemotherapy treatments in Phoenix. Unfortunately, his car broke down and he couldn’t afford the repairs. Instead, he paid for transportation back and forth between Prescott and Phoenix for chemo, which meant he didn’t have enough money for rent.
Michael was in the fight of his life and facing eviction, then his dog passed away.
Walking Alongside Veterans Facing Homelessness
Catholic Charities Veteran Services helps veterans, like Michael, who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. We work to find stable housing and provide ongoing case management that includes financial planning, assistance applying for VA benefits, emergency assistance and more.
Michael contacted our team for help. We helped with his rent to keep him from becoming homeless. Then coordinated with the VA to help Michael get back and forth to his chemo appointments.
Man’s Best Friend
Maryanne, an intern with our Veterans Services team noticed a box of dog treats at Michael’s apartment, but no dog. Michael talked about the recent loss of his longtime friend. Maryanne was moved with compassion and jumped into action.
She reached out to the Yavapai Humane Society to find the ideal companion for Michael.
Our team took him to the Yavapai Humane Society to meet a little 4-year-old pup that seemed like the perfect fit. Michael agreed and was eager to adopt him. He named him Yodi. We covered the adoption fees, which include vaccination and spaying.
Michael is safe and stable, getting the medical attention he needs and has a faithful friend who adores him. Yodi has gone with Michael down to Phoenix for his treatments and keeps him company while he recovers.
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