Willie “Larry” Ward came to VRC’s Sacramento office looking for help and support on August 21, 2017. Recently separated, homeless, unemployed and struggling in many areas of his life, including his mental health, Larry was referred to us by one of his church members.
Larry landed a job within the first week he was at VRC, and he did exceedingly well in our GPD program. By the end of September 2017, he had two jobs: one at UPS and one at Amazon. Larry was able to work both jobs while also improving his mental health by attending group sessions on our campus in his limited spare time. And with the assistance of a VSO we referred him to, Larry was also able to increase his service-connection income.
Within our program, Larry was a strong contributor to the community, a positive peer example and a support for others. For example, he generously helped take recyclable items from our campus and exchanged them for money to help the programs here at VRC, and he provided transportation for veterans who needed rides to and from VRC or the hospital. Larry was always willing to help others whenever he could find the time.
By the end of December 2018, Larry had increased his income dramatically, improved his mental stability, and saved enough money to begin looking for permanent housing. We’re pleased to report that he moved out of the GPD program on February 8th, 2019. Since leaving, Larry has frequently checked in with our Residential Programs Manager and is doing great.