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Total despair came to Scott in 2003. His mom, dad and brother had died over a 5 year span. He began using drugs to numb the pain. Unable to cope beside him, his wife left shortly afterwards with his 2 boys. He became homeless. Major depression, a nervous breakdown and a suicide attempt ensued. For 6 years, Scott wandered aimlessly. Eventually, he was arrested for receiving stolen goods and spent the next 14 months in Kilby Prison.

About a year after his release, Scott’s psychiatrist at JBS Mental Health told him about the UAB E.A.R.T.H. program. What a blessing!! He found housing stability at Nashamah. Increased focus and persistence followed. He accomplished his life goals of renting his own apartment, being approved for SSDI, and earning a job to supplement his income. Today, he is a new man!

“I credit God most! I have reunited with my two sons, am self sufficient (thanks to Carleta Daniels/Nashamah and Susan Sieweke/E.A.R.T.H.) and I have a job as a van driver. Dealing with the real issues that have held me hostage over the years via group therapy and individual counseling have given me hope and renewed my confidence to live my life with a smile on my face again! I am so grateful for E.A.R.T.H. and The Firehouse Shelter,” said Scott.

Scott's story is from The Firehouse Shelter. Visit their profile to learn more.


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