John P. came to Caritas, reluctantly at first, given his previous experiences with impersonal government housing agencies. He entered the program after a life-changing illness left him in a wheelchair, and an injury leaving him partially blind. Despite the challenges and setbacks he has faced, John is thriving with Caritas. He feels capable, genuinely cared for and is comfortable asking for help when the need arises.
John has moved into housing, is working part time, and has enthusiastically taken advantage of growth opportunities. Recently, John renewed his food handler’s license through Caritas’ Introduction to the Food Industry class, which rekindled his love of cooking, and he has enrolled in parenting classes to improve his relationship with his family.
John’s major strength lies in his resiliency and determination not to let his disability or fears hold him back. John is currently training for the Paralympics and is working on enrolling in college to obtain a dual degree in Business Administration and Engineering, so he might develop assistive technologies to help others with disabilities live more independently. John certainly has a good foundation on which to accomplish his long-term goals. He has adapted to his visual & mobility impairments and can navigate the city with ease, has a job he enjoys, and is stable in his housing. Most importantly, John credits his new-found sense of self-confidence and contentment with helping him to realize his dreams.