Having a Home Puts a Smile on His Face

Steven Champion PREFERRED CROP 9-19

“St. Patrick Center is a blessing. The team understands what I have been through.” 

Steven learned that he had schizophrenia when he was just 13, yet despite his mental health struggles, he graduated from high school in Riverview Gardens and got a full-time job at a factory. “I stocked shelves and lived in a boarding house, but didn’t do a good job of managing my money.”

After getting evicted, Steven’s journey to find a place to live included staying with a friend, in a shelter, and unfortunately, on the streets. “Being homeless was really hard. People stole my things, including
my medications.”

Steven says he knew he needed help so he checked himself into the hospital. While there, his case
manager referred him to St. Patrick Center and together they started working on a housing plan. “When I was released from the hospital, Rosati Group Home was ready for me—Room #101.”

Steven likes the environment at his new home. “The staff and residents are nice and understanding, and we all learn from each other.” He says his father and siblings can visit him. In the future, Steven would like to go to school to learn a trade so he can work in construction.