I used to be on the streets a lot and used to drink to deal with my problems,” explains 53-year-old Rodney. Soft-spoken and stoic, Rodney has been a resident of YOUnity Village for approximately two months.
Previously living with an elderly aunt and uncle, Rodney says he came to YOUnity Village because the stress was too much for his relatives to handle, “It was time for me to get a place of my own.”
When he isn’t working at a nearby fast food restaurant, or attending a function at his church, Rodney often retreats to the sanctuary of his new home. “I enjoy my little apartment. I have time to myself where I can meditate on God’s word,” he adds.
Sober now for 10 years, he says his faith played a big role in his recovery, as well as the support of family of which the staff at MHAVC has become an extension. “They’re just good people,” he says of the MHAVC staff. “They’re genuine—there’s nothing fake. They really care about me.”