|"I didn’t have a home for five months. Community
Hope gave me a second chance at life."
A native of Kenya, Arthur wanted a better life for his family so he came to the U.S. in 2006.
Shortly after, the economy tumbled. "I had a job and supplemented it with part-time work.
Then the company I worked for downsized. I lost my primary job." Determined to find a
way to create a brighter future for himself and his family, Arthur enlisted in the Army
his enlistment Arthur became skilled as an infantryman, and a vet tech. During his one-year
deployment in Afghanistan, he provided medical care as a dental assistant for the men and
women at his base camp. He also achieved U.S. citizenship in the process.Unfortunately,
post-discharge, his family plans did not materialize and Arthur found himself homeless.
His military skills did not transfer to immediate viable employment. "Although I had my
certification as a dental assistant, I could only work on military people, not civilians."
unemployment income barely helped, so Arthur often slept in his car and tried to find work. "There were down times.
I got to a point where I didn't talk to anyone. You get to the point of thinking about suicide. I said to myself, there
has to be something else." Luckily Arthur found
his way to the VA office where in walked Maria,
a Community Hope caseworker. She told me I'd
be fine and that positive things were going to
happen. She started the screening process and highlighted the things I needed to focus on first-a roof over my head
and my health. Then the whole team got involved-my team of champions."
Arthur can't praise the Community Hope
staff enough. Today he is on the path to self-sufficiency. His patience and resilience paid off. Arthur just enrolled in
the county college to become certified as a dental hygienist so he can support himself, his family, and be a role model
for his son and daughter. "I didn't have a home for five months. Community Hope gave me a second chance at life."