A native New Yorker, sharing an apartment with his brother, Damien was enjoying life like most people when it took a sudden turn. He was severely injured in a construction accident on his job which left him disabled. Unfortunately for him this was only the beginning of what seemed to be his darkest days. After returning home one evening he found his brother’s lifeless body, he’d been murdered in their apartment. The guilt of not being there to protect his brother and the images of him haunted Damion for years. His heart was broken, leaving him feeling alone and helpless.
As a result of severe depression, for over four years he wandered the streets of Atlanta, sleeping in parks, the airport or where ever he could find a place to close his eyes. Finally Damion was referred to the United Way and Homes of Light Supportive Housing Program and with their guidance and support was able to slowly put his life back together.
“It was the structural environment and learning to work with others,” he said that was the key to his success with Homes of Light. As a result of completing the Program, Damien is now in his own apartment and he is feeling much better mentally and physically. Now with income and some inner peace, he finally has hope for a better tomorrow now that he has safe and clean housing thanks to Homes of Light.