Hospital to Home Program
Tony Prather was born in Manchester, Ga in 1954. His parents divorced and he subsequently grew up spending time with each in Milwaukee, Wis. and Buffalo, NY. Dropping out of High school Tony worked at various jobs including warehousing and welding where he worked at a Steel Foundry in Milwaukee for several years.
Tony moved back to Manchester, Ga. In 1988 to be with family. In 1992, Tony relocated to Atlanta where he worked as a day laborer and worked at Hartsfield Jackson Airport unloading planes. He also worked for Piedmont Hospital during this period.
During this time, Tony began what was to be a 20-year addiction to Crack Cocaine. As a result, he spent time in the Prison System for various offenses. After leaving prison, Tony obtained his GED but continued to experience health issues because of younger drug use. This led to him not being able to secure work and becoming homeless for a number of years. It is at this time that United Way and Grady Hospital connected Tony to Homes of Light. He appreciated the stable environment and has stayed clean, re-established income and secured permanent housing. As a result he has been able to address various health issues and reconnect with his family.
Tony is has used his time at Homes of Light to become financially stable and to maintain his sobriety and take better care of himself.