Many incorrectly believe that people choose to be homeless, because they are lazy. But we, at Justa Center, know differently. A case in point, is "John," who is a veteran and came to Justa Center in 2009 after he lost his job. He had worked his entire life and suddenly, through no fault of his own, found himself without employment and unable to maintain his home.
During his time at Justa Center John worked closely with our Employment Resource Specialist and eventually found work as a long distance truck driver. He has been very successful in this capacity and now drives all over the country. Whenever he finds himself back in Phoenix, he always stops in to see us and makes whatever donations he can. He feels strongly about giving back to the community that helped him get back on his feet.
John is a wonderful success story that illustrates how, with some assistance, individuals are able to get their lives back together. He is also a terrific reminder of what our mission is here at Justa Center and why we exist: Our purpose is to transform lives - not just of our members, but of all who come into contact with Justa Center. John reminds us yet again that people are not homeless because they choose to be, and regardless of the situation that brings seniors into homelessness, it is our role at Justa Center to provide the dignity and respect that is lost when living on the streets.