Brian Culton4 10-17 CROP“If you follow the steps that
St. Patrick Center plans out for you, your life will change.”

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.”