Our Vets

Our vets come with their own unique stories, but are bonded by shared needs—to restore, rebuild, reconnect. They’re an important part of our community, and in need of a place to call to home.

 

Andre

IJ9A9513I was born and raised in Pontiac Michigan, by a single mother who raised four children. I am the second oldest of the four, two younger sisters and one older brother.  I graduated from Pontiac Northern High School in 1982.  I went into the Military (Army) in September of 1982, I was eighteen years old.  I was discharged August of 1985.   I served as a Personnel Management Specialist.  While in the military, I became a heavy drinker and started smoking marijuana and that carried on when I returned home.  This led me into trying other substances, cocaine.  Due to my drug and alcohol use I was unable to maintain full-time employment, and that led me to becoming periodically homeless throughout my life.  I have gone through depression and at times wanted to just throw in the towel.  But I must say I no longer feel that way since coming to Love N Kindness.

My stay at Love N Kindness has been very rewarding, out of all the places (shelters) I have been in, this one has shown me nothing but love, kindness and understanding.  The name, Love N Kindness really expresses the outward approach that they want you to feel here during your stay. My stay here has been nothing less than a builder of strength, character and my personal relationship with God.  Everybody is somebody here at Love N Kindness, it doesn’t matter where you came from, your ethnicity, what problems you experienced, or anything.  One thing that I will take with me when my time has ended, and that is,  put God first, love myself, and love others.  And if I fall, ask God forgiveness and get right back up.

In closing, I thank God for the vision He has given Pastor Hicks.  I thank Pastor Hicks and the men that are helping him see that the vision of a community for veterans comes to pass.  It will be a beautiful day when veterans can live in a community where they feel safe, respected and have people they can turn to for support.