You changed his life.
In 1982 Dave joined the United States Marine Corps, planning to be a machinist and learn a valuable trade skill. However, with the invasion of Grenada in 1983, Dave was pulled from his unit and put into infantry.
“ I have no regrets about serving, but it’s hard coming back to civilian life. Where do I fit in?”
“I love my country, and I wanted to fight for what I believed in. I have no regrets about serving, but it’s hard coming back to civilian life. Where do I fit in here… where do I go?”
“It was a deep low for me. I had no one in my life, and nothing to do with it – I felt like I should just give up.”
“It was a deep low for me. I had no one in my life, and nothing to do with it – I felt like I should just give up…”
“After that, I was homeless for about six years. It was a hard time in my life, not having a safe place to sleep, to shower, to just be human.”
When Dave finally got a caseworker, he was referred to A New Leaf’s Desert Leaf Apartments, where he would be able to have stable housing, counseling, and medical assistance.
Thanks to donors like you, Dave finally got the counseling he needed to work through the trauma he had experienced in the military. He began to heal and realize that many of his challenges stemmed from never addressing his past.
“Humans aren’t meant for war, to see their friends die in front of them. It’s a whole shock, and it’s hard to deal with – no matter who you are.”
“A New Leaf gave me hope that I could survive, that my life wasn’t over yet.”
“I am so thankful for your help. You gave me a second chance to get off the streets and live again. I can never repay you for how you changed my life. Thank you.”