The Strength to Start Over

Ronnie faced many obstacles as he searched for stability, but he finally has a place to call home.

As a Veteran living with PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression, Ronnie was having a hard time when he came to our Veteran Outreach Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. Just meeting with our case manager Jennifer Wallace was a huge step for him, but he left that meeting determined to find stable housing.

Thanks to a grant from The Home Depot Foundation, we were able to pay his rental arrears and late charges that had been stacking up and stopping Ronnie from finding a stable place to start over. Ronnie paid the cleaning and damage charges from his last rental and was ready for a fresh start.

Despite his mental health struggles, family troubles, and a broken-down car – which stopped Ronnie from making money through grocery delivery – he remained determined to find a home for himself.

Before long, Ronnie did just that. Through our community partnerships, we found a landlord who was willing to work with Ronnie’s rental history and got him into safe housing.

Thanks to our faithful supporters, Ronnie’s deposit and first month’s rent will be covered while he focuses on other stability goals. It is a privilege to walk alongside clients like Ronnie, offering support as they step into lives of security.

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