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In the winter of 2008 Adam was a 54 year old man living on the streets with untreated mental illness and diabetes. Due to his mental illness Adam was wary of providers and was not trusting of services. The Homeless Outreach Team worker would seek him out weekly to bring him food, clothing and blankets as a way to engage. As the outreach worker did not make any demands of Adam, he slowly began to trust her.
One evening the temperatures dropped very low and Adam was in danger of getting hypothermia. Adam was transported to the hospital and the outreach worker was notified. Adam’s outreach worker met with him in the hospital and Adam agreed to accept assistance. The outreach worker was able to get Adam mental health treatment and outpatient medical treatment. The outreach worker also applied Adam for supported housing. While Adam waited for a bed to open in supportive housing, his outreach worker got him a bed in a rest home several towns over. Not wanting to lose the connection with Adam, the outreach worker visited Adam consistently for over a year while he waited for housing.
When a housing voucher became available for Adam, his outreach worker assisted him in finding an apartment and in obtaining furniture. Once Adam was housed his outreach worker took him to the grocery store and taught him how to shop for foods that would assist him in keeping his diabetes under control. Once Adam was feeling settled in his housing, his outreach worker applied Adam to Catholic Charities Community Support Program so he could receive continued support in his home. To date Adam is happily living in his apartment. He receives mental health services, monitors his diabetes, and enjoys working with Community Support Program.