FIRST BIDDLE GUEST MARKS ONE YEAR IN HOUSING
When Biddle Housing Opportunities Center opened in Summer 2016, Brian was one of the first guests. A former Marine, he had fallen on hard times, after losing his maintenance job and his gig maintaining family-owned properties.
“I ran out of money and became homeless.” For two years, Brian lived in shelters and wandered the streets of downtown St. Louis. “At first, I went to St. Patrick Center for a hot meal.” It was a later walk down the street to Biddle when things began to change.
“They gave me a place to lay my head.” Brian was assigned to one of the bunks in the emergency overnight men’s shelter. “Biddle was different, though. I was on a path to a place of my own, if I would just listen and take advantage of the opportunity presented to me.”
Brian followed the plan that Biddle case managers set for him. Within a few weeks, he learned about an available apartment with furniture. “I was shocked. I couldn’t believe housing was about to happen for me.”
Brian considers his home a blessing. He’s dealing with some disabling health issues but is paying his bills and saving to buy a car. “The budget is a little tight sometimes, but I’m grateful, independent and have a more positive outlook on life.”