Nick’s Story: From Homelessness to a Happy Home!


Most of Nick’s life has been anything but easy. Obstacle after obstacle – he felt like giving up numerous times but couldn’t stand to see the hurt in his wife, Betty’s face. He hated more than anything to let her down. As a couple, they had their fair share of highs although the lows always seemed to trump any happiness they felt. They both could feel the heaviness of the weight placed on their families’ shoulders whenever either reached out for help. While they did struggle a lot there is one thing about them that was for certain – they always pushed and got through the hardships.

Nick has been in and out of hospitals for most of his adult life. A lot of what Nick went through took a huge toll on his body and caused his health to diminish. Towards the end of Nick’s constant hospital stays, he became a patient of FSL’s ACTIVATE Transitional Care Program through Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. The ACTIVATE Care Program allows patients to transition from a hospital back into their home as smoothly as possible. It also offers access to a nurse 24/7, home visits, medication reconciliation, follow-up phone calls, and education for patients and their family members.

Around the time of Nick’s discharge from St. Joseph’s, he and Betty did not have a “home” and were considered homeless. The resources he was given provided him with information about Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), a local non-profit that would help them get on their feet and find them a home. CASS’ mission is to empower men, women and children with diverse needs to end their homelessness by providing shelter and supportive services. CASS was able to provide them with an apartment, a place to call home. FSL provided the cost of the apartment, application fee, and Lyft ride from CASS to their new apartment on a Saturday. The ACTIVATE team assisted Nick with his medications, new work boots, and a brand new mattress through Tuft-N-Needle’s Social Mission Program.

While Nick’s story does have a happy ending, it took a lot of trials and tribulations to get there. With the help and guidance of FSL’s programs and services as well as collaborations with community partners, Nick and Betty were able to get on their feet and live a more fulfilling life; something they didn’t see coming as soon as it did. If you or someone you know can relate to Nick and Betty’s situation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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