Today we are sharing a success story through the Regional Commission on Homelessness. Thanks to the wonderful collaborative continuum of care, we are able to work with other service agencies to help end homelessness for families and individuals. Read about Chris’ story:
Chris Spann was born in Marietta, GA in 1974. He and his two half-brothers were raised by his single mother and he remembers never having to go without and always getting what he wanted. Chris never dreamed he …would become homeless. Chris first became homeless in 2010 due to many factors like lack of income and a substance abuse problem. “I felt pathetic,” he said. For two years, Chris stayed anywhere from hotels to the streets to shelter beds. “I just stayed wherever I could.” Last year things finally started to look up for Chris. One day while he was visiting the The Gateway Center for services, one of his peers suggested that he talk to someone from the Regional Commission on Homelessness’s PATH Team. He did, and started seeing a case manager who has now helped Chris connect with services for his mental health and substance abuse issues. He also learned how to be self-sufficient. He moved into permanent housing in November, and couldn’t be happier. In his free time, he enjoys riding motorcycles and playing with his children. He’s most proud of his three children and his devotion to finding better solutions for his problems.
Thanks so much to the Regional Commission for being an invaluable partner! Together, we can end homelessness. One person at a time.