Harold used to have a good job, a wife, four children and a home. But his mental illness forced him to leave his job, he became separated from his wife and children and finally lost his house to bankruptcy. Harold found a new home on the banks of the Ohio river, under bridges and in alleys for five years, slipping in and out of psychiatric hospitals. At 42, Harold learned about Tender Mercies from a homeless shelter. We helped him uncover some Social Security benefits that he had accrued from years of working.
And, after eight years at Tender Mercies, Harold is employed at Crayons to Computers, lives in his own apartment in Westwood and has just purchased a truck. Look for him downtown around the holidays, where he plays Santa to underprivileged kids.