“Since I’ve been here at Stephen Center, I’ve talked to quite a few young guys. So many of them, I see myself in them. I tell them, look man, you’re a young man. Forget the streets! Keep doing what you’re doing. Get your education. I have an 8th grade education! When you out there running the streets you don’t think about that. You’re thinking about surviving and making money. I did any and everything I could do to survive – robbery, selling drugs. I didn’t have a conscience, but now I do. Right now God got a lot to do with my life. I think God has some kind of purpose for me, due to the fact that I’ve tried to commit suicide on numerous occasions. I got close but I never succeeded. Now I run National Alliance on Mental Health meetings. I feel like this: if there are 15 to 20 people in a group, and I touch just one, I’ve done what I needed to do.”
– Johnny (Shelter and PSH Client), May 2015
I feel like this: if there are 15 to 20 people in a group, and I touch just one, I’ve done what I needed to do.