After experiencing the grief of a personal tragedy, a 23-year-old male came to Eddy House. He lost his fiancée in an auto mobile accident and coped with his grief through substance abuse. Knowing this was not working and wanting a new start, he bought a one – way ticket to Reno. Upon his arrival, he found getting a job is tough and finding a stable place to live even tougher. After his savings were gone and his wallet stolen, he heard about Eddy House from being out and about on the streets. He passed by the house three times and asked around about our services before he decided to come in. He was told we were a “safe haven” and a place where homeless young people could receive help. Through our services and counseling, he feels we have helped him journey through his grief and the guilt he has been carrying. He was one of the first youth accepted into our Community Living Program, where every day he expresses his gratitude. As soon as we he receives his new ID, he plans to start a job in construction. He says after he has been independent for at least two years, his goal is to come back as staff so he can give back – he knows he can relate to the youth because of his experiences.
A 23-year-old female grew up travelling and living in a van most of her life. She was adopted in her teens. At the age of 18, she was struggling to stay off the streets and couch surfed from one friend’s house to another. She came to Eddy House in early 2018 when a friend told her we could help her with resources such as an ID and birth certificate. She knew she needed these to begin looking for a job. Over the next few years, we have watched her thrive and flourish as a young woman and gain her independence. However, with the cost of living verses wages, this young woman could not maintain stable housing. With the assistance of Eddy House, she was able to be placed in a transitional living home. Now, she is employed and working towards her long-term goals.
Clients Alex and Britney are our first clients to officially graduate our Community Living Program at Eddy House
Clients Alex and Britney are our first clients to officially graduate our Community Living Program at Eddy House. Alex has been working full time at one of our local construction partnerships and has studied and received his OSHA 10. During his time at Eddy House Alex was able to find stability and set goals for himself, though he certainly faced challenges along the way. Now Alex continues to work at the construction company and lives in his own apartment. During her time with Eddy House, Britney has been focused on school. Although she is also working a part time job, Britney has utilized our partner agency JOIN to start classes and become a CNA. This is the first step to accomplish her goal of becoming a nurse. Britney is currently living in her apartment with a roommate and will begin her classes in May as she works and saves her money. We have a 24-year-old male client who when came into Eddy House he was sleeping on the streets and suffered from social anxiety. During his visits to our drop- in center we were able to get him signed up with Medicaid and through Medicaid, for him a bed in WellCare where he could receive services for his mental health and get off the streets. Last week we were able to provide him with non- slip shoes, black pants and shirts for him to start a job at a local restaurant in town.