This is the way My Father's House is designed to work: a man comes in to build stability in his life: his job, finances and transportation. Most importantly, he comes to build strength in forming relationship. As this man finds that strength and stability in his life, he's ready to move on. He leaves in a much better situation than when he came, and makes way for another man to follow in his footsteps.
Billy lived at My Father's House for nearly nine months. In March, 2019, he reached a level of stability that enabled him to move into an apartment of his own. The mission of My Father's House is to help men become stable to live independently; and Billy has achieved that goal. He co-owns a janitorial company, and also cleans windows. He has his own transportation, which gives him more freedom, and more options, and has reestablished relationships with his siblings and parents, as well as his grown daughter.
Brad is a Desert Storm veteran who lived at My Father's House from June of 2018 to June of 2019. He came to our community upon being released from the halfway house. Brad has reentered the lives of his children after many years’ absence, and is healing the friendship with his ex-wife as a part of this process. He is working hard for a manufacturing company, and hopes to be a supervisor/manager, some day. He has been saving since he was in the halfway house, and continues to set aside money to buy a car so he can stop fighting with the bus schedules. Brad was also able to reach the stability needed in his relationships and finances to find his own apartment. He is now living independently, but still feels a part of our community.
Steve came to My Father's House in August of 2018. A mechanic by training, he works as an emissions tech. He, too, is reestablishing contact with family members, his mother and grandmother in particular; and is setting aside money for the future. Steve recently got his driver's license and a car, which gives him more independence. He moved into his own apartment in July, 2019 as well.
Robert moved into My Father's House from the halfway house in January, 2018, and hit the ground running. He is reconnecting with family where there had been strained relationships for many years. He has gotten his driver's license back, and purchased a car to help with his commute. He moved into his own place at the beginning of August, 2019. He has completed his sentence.
Matt was released in mid-March of 2019, and moved into the room that opened up now that Billy has moved on. I have known Matt for several years. While he was in prison, I taught him his catechism, and stood with him as he was baptized and received Confirmation and his First Holy Communion. He has already found a job working at a roofing company. Matt is an artist and musician, and wants to go back to school to study graphic design and website design to begin a new career and a new life for himself. He has also been able to successfully transition to his own apartment in January, 2020.
Sean moved into My Father's House in June of 2019 from the halfway house, taking Brad's place. He works at a textiles company that has contracts with hotels and restaurants. He hopes to be able to reconnect with siblings as he reestablishes his life. Sean is saving for his own apartment and for a car.
Jeffery moved into My Father's House in July of 2019, replacing Steve. He is an electrician apprentice. He has connected with a church in the southern suburbs of Denver, and is finding new purpose there for himself. They have helped him to find an apartment to share, and are helping him get established there. This will be a good stepping-stone for Jeff as he saves to buy his own home in the future.
Robert (the second man of this name) came to My Father's House in August of 2019. He works at a textiles company that has contracts with hotels and restaurants. He is thoroughly enjoying spending time with his elderly mother every Saturday, giving him an opportunity to share her golden years. He has reconnected with other members of his immediate family, as well. A house-painter by profession, Robert is looking to reenter his field, and rebuild his life.
Johnny joined our community late in February, 2020. He is 63 years old and an Army vet. Johnny has worked in project management and property management most of his adult life, both in the military and out. He intended to get back into some form of management position soon after getting out of prison; but COVID-19 had other plans. Very soon after his release, the stay-at-home orders came, and Johnny has not been able to go looking for a job. That has not stopped him from working towards his goal, though. He continues to work on ideas for a job and for moving forward with his life. Already, he is purchasing and collecting the household items he will need when he moves on from MFH and gets a place of his own.