A Second Chance to get Back on His Feet
PAUL | SHEILA | ROSANNE
A Gloucester native, Paul did all the right things as a young man, including joining the Marines, working as an aircraft mechanic and in construction for more than 20 years. He never anticipated that when he was laid off in July of 2011 he would become a statistic, as a homeless veterans. Yet that was what exactly happened. Unable to find work and no longer able to pay his rent, he was put out by his land lord with few options of where to turn. Friends offered to help, but never one to be a burden or compromise his relationships, Paul turned to MainSpring House in Brockton.
Well dressed and educated, he was quickly approached by the Father Bill's & MainSpring (FBMS) Workforce Development team to discuss his alternatives. Even at 50, he recognized it was not too late to change his path. Through the help of a veteran’s grant and the workforce team, Paul immediately signed up to return to school to become an EMT. Still residing at the emergency shelter, Paul took classes at Massasoit Community College and benefited from the FBMS job-readiness resources. He attributes his overall success to the constant support and encouragement provided by FBMS staff members.