Story of Miguel

Miguel Gomez has seen the face of homelessness first hand, and knows intimately how living on the streets can be a debilitating experience.

Miguel Gomez

“I lived under a bridge most of the eight years I was homeless. I panhandled regularly, recycled cans and bottles when I was able and was addicted to various drugs.” It was a way of coping with the reality of having no self-respect and no hope. I really didn’t give a shit about my life or anyone else for that matter. My life was out of control.”

Miguel found a new beginning when he met Marty Estrada, St. Joseph’s Family Center’s Homeless Outreach Coordinator.

“Marty told me of a program that St. Joseph’s was starting. He thought I would be a good candidate for their housing program.”

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After qualifying and enrolling in the permanent housing program, Miguel said he spent the first few weeks sleeping on the floor. “I did not grasp that the apartment was mine. I could not grasp that the new bed was for me and it took some time to deal with my new found identity.”

“I have been receiving counseling and support services that help me deal with my addiction to drugs and alcohol. I can see the changes that are happening in my life. I take it day by day, little by little.”

Miguel is currently enrolled in classes at Gavilan College that will help him achieve his GED. Miguel worked for over a year on the Gilroy Street Team and through their Employment Services program, St. Joseph’s Family Center also helped connect Miguel to a full-time job.

“I prayed for a better life, and I thank God for St. Joseph’s Family Center. They helped me get my dignity back. My life now has meaning.”

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