After sixteen years working for the same company, the organization downsized leaving Arthur without a job. This left an opportunity for Arthur to take care of his ailing Mother. After she passed away, Arthur did not have a support system of friends or family to assist him during the transition and he became homeless.
So began Arthur’s experience with homelessness. Most of the time when he was homeless, Arthur was working. He signed up with a temp agency and would take temporary job assignments to keep motivated. When he had money, Arthur would take the opportunity to sleep in a hotel. When he didn’t, he would stay at the shelter.
Arthur found out about Horizon House and came here to access services. He could do his laundry here, take showers, and get something to eat. In addition, he participated in our Job Readiness Program to update his resume and learn online job searching skills. Arthur took advantage of opportunities to develop his interviewing skills through mock interviews conducted at Horizon House. Eventually, he secured a position at Amazon Fulfillment.
As Arthur now had income, he worked with one of our Case Managers on a housing plan. Since Arthur was just starting to save money, he needed assistance financially securing an apartment. Horizon House was able to assist him with funding for the security deposit, utilities and two month’s rent to start him off, and Arthur has taken it from there. He specifically looked for an apartment close to his worksite so he could walk instead of relying on public transportation or needing to get a car.
In Arthur’s words, "If you have a job, you have control over your life – you have independence." So Arthur is doing everything he can to be successful at his job. He has gained certifications, worked requested hours and additional hours. He now trains other staff and is looking to grow with the organization.
When he reflects on Horizon House, Arthur says, "Where else can you get the services that are here? Where else can you take a shower, do your laundry, get something to eat at any time, receive clothing and get medical care?" He admired Horizon House staff because as he said, "They take the time to work with an individual to get him/her to a place they need to be and monitor their progress." He also said, "How agencies treat people is very important. I love it here. Your staff show love by going out of their way to help someone."
Now, Arthur is looking to the future. He is building a support system of new friends, saving money to one day buy a car and in his words, ‘just work on getting myself right.’ In addition, Arthur wants to eventually start a Foundation in his great grandmother’s name to help others. His great grandmother was Dr. Isabella Garnet Butler, one of the first African American doctors in Illinois. She started a hospital, Butler Memorial Hospital, in Evanston, IL that served African Americans who were not served at other facilities. Her hospital eventually merged with another hospital to serve all people. To honor Dr. Butler, a public park in Evanston was dedicated in her name. Arthur would like to continue serving others as his great grandmother’s legacy.
Golf with us on Wednesday, August 3 at
Chippin’ In for Homelessness.
Join us for a day of golf at Heartland Crossing Golf Links located at 6701 S. Heartland Blvd., Camby, IN on Wednesday, August 3rd. Act now to take advantage of Early Bird Savings!
Individual Player Fee – $100 ($85 Early Bird Special until 7/13)
Foursome Team Fee – $380 ($325 Early Bird Special until 7/13)
Albatross Team – $450 ($400 Early Bird Special until 7/13)
(includes foursome, 1 yard stick & 1 mulligan per player)
*All player team fees include lunch, play & door prize.
Mulligans – $10 each (max 2 per player)
Yard Stick – $36 (one per team)
"Birdie" Sponsor – $100 for Hole sign & print recognition ($85 Early Bird Special until 7/13)
"Eagle" Sponsor – $300 for Exclusive right to hole, ability to be on site with table/tent, staff and game for prizes along with company information. Print recognition included. ($225 Early Bird Special until 7/13)
"Hole-in-One" Sponsor – $650 for Exclusive right to hole, ability to be on site with table/tent, staff and game for prizes along with company information. Print recognition and foursome included.
"Closest to the Pin" Sponsor – $200 includes print recognition
"Putting Green" Sponsor – $200 includes print recognition.
Check out all the options and purchase a sponsorship or player participation by clicking here.
Our Amazing Funders – Thank you for your Gifts to Horizon House and our Neighbors.
Thank you to these key funders who have recently made donations to Horizon House.
We greatly value your confidence in our work to assist homeless individuals
find a path out of homelessness.
Christ Church Cathedral
Indian Creek Christian Church
Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Inc.
Big Thanks to our Volunteers!
Thanks to our volunteers, we are up 160% in volunteer hours compared to last year! This is amazing! We rely on assistance from volunteers for many roles at Horizon House. Volunteers work in the kitchen, help neighbors in the employment lab, assist at the Front Desk, sort clothing in the Donation Room and much more.
We honor these men and women who have given of their time to volunteer at Horizon House!
If you are interested in volunteering here as well, plan to attend the next Volunteer Orientation on Monday, July 11th at noon. Click here to contact Kathleen to reserve your seat.