Veterans comprise a disproportionate number of the homeless. The support they need goes beyond housing. Deutsche Bank partner Jericho Project has helped many veterans move off the streets and on with life.
As a supporter of community-based initiatives, Deutsche provides assistance through its Supportive Housing Acquisition and Rehabilitation Effort (DB SHARE) program, which supplies affordable housing for homeless New Yorkers.
Ronald Haynie is a former medic in the US Army. He moved into Jericho Project’s Kingsbridge Terrace residence in the Bronx in December 2012. His story shows the effectiveness of the Jericho model of stable living conditions as a base for rebuilding the confidence of veterans and nurturing the skills needed to achieve self-sufficiency.
“Life has many peaks and valleys. I was homeless and living in a temporary shelter. Now I’m in a beautiful place where I can get all the help I need,” he says.
Ronald’s goal is to get back into medicine. Having requalified as a medical assistant at a local community college, he’s ready to work. The support team at Kingsbridge Terrace includes career counselors who give advice on resumes, how to find a position and interview skills. There’s a computer room where Ronald can use the internet for research.
Clean, safe and supportive, it’s an environment that’s a long way from life on the streets. “I’m grateful to everyone here for the support and love they’ve given me,” says Ronald. “I’m on a peak now. I feel victorious.”
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