To give his son a fighting chance — Joseph walked into Paul’s Place

June 2nd, 2020

Joseph lost his 28 year job as a chef. He had been diagnosed and treated for Bi-Polar disorder for a number of years, but memory loss made it difficult to work. With the increasing strain on his wife to be the sole breadwinner, he and his wife separated. In 2019, now living in his truck and shelters, Joseph knew a change had to come. “Paul’s Place was the only place that helped me. I feel safe. I feel respected.”

Living in his broken truck with his son, one of six children he raised with his wife, Joseph went to a homeless shelter finally in desperation. There, a flyer for Paul’s Place caught his eye. He made his way to Ward Street. Meeting and working with Ellen, one of the case workers at Paul’s Place, would take him from where he was to where he is now.

Last weekend, with Ellen’s help, Joseph’s determination, and Paul’ Place, Joseph and his son moved into an apartment. Paul’s Place provided a move-in kit with some of the basics needed in any apartment. He is looking forward to making it a home.

Joseph’s ultimate goal is to have his son succeed, to give him a “fighting chance.” Joseph knows there are challenges ahead, but finding Paul’s Place means there is a future for him and his son. With his culinary background he is now very interested in GroundWork Kitchen – Paul’s Place’s culinary arts program set to open next year.

For the moment, he is grateful for the roof over his head. His son was issued a laptop from school so he can continue learning during the pandemic. Joseph enjoys seeing what his son learning and watching the occasional movie together.

Paul’s Place has been and continues to be here for Joseph and all of our guests during this difficult time.