What is the Free Clinic Men’s Residence?
Established in 1997, the Men’s Residence provides safe, supportive, transitional shelter to single, homeless men. The capacity of the residential program is 25 residents. Residents work with staff to set goals, save money and work toward independent living.
Men are motivated and guided through the process of transitioning from homeless life to long term housing independence and financial stability. The structure provided by the staff and a community of men with similar desires stimulates hard work and success.
In the last year, the Men’s Residence assisted 62 homeless men as they worked towards stability.
A former resident reminisces, “The [Men’s Residence] was a major support system in getting me off the street, getting a job and moving into an apartment. The staff members and all the help they provided made it possible to override difficult and hard times.”
The emotional bonds formed within this residence are not to be overlooked. Support and love, aspects of life which we often take for granted, are crucial to overcoming hard times. If one feels alone and unwanted, they may be lacking the drive to improve their current living standards.
Michael immigrated to the United States three years ago. For the first two and a half years, he lived with a Liberian family. Things were stable until the day his temporary family decided to move. He became homeless, along with stressed, hopeless, and afraid. He was unsure what his next step should be, until he discovered the Men’s Residence.
He describes his experience in the [Men’s Residence] with the emotional aspects overpowering all else. “I was welcomed with open arms, and love bigger than what I ever dreamed of.” Michael was helped to acquire his working authorization from immigration, state identification card, GED, and a job. These four essentials were more than Michael had ever expected from a nonprofit community. He explained, “I was looking for a home, they gave me more than that; I was looking for a shoulder to lean and cry on, they wiped away my sorrow. I was looking for brothers and family, and they gave me more than what I hoped for.”