Neighbor Story: Jamaine
Jamaine has always been a hard worker, he worked for 37 years straight in his home state, Michigan, where he was from. In December of 2017 he moved to Indiana to be with his wife and kids. They were renting a house, until their landlord tried to evict them. To protect his family, and his home, he took his landlord to court. In retaliation, the landlord stole all of Jamaine’s belongings from the home, and evicted his family, during this time, his wife asked for a divorce—he was left with nothing. No home, no family, no belongings.
For the first time in his life, Jamaine was homeless. He was depressed, and had no support system. Feeling helpless and hopeless, he attempted to take his life three times.
Not knowing where to go or what to do, he found himself at a shelter. While there, someone told Jamaine about Horizon House—it was somewhere he could go for help. He was scared and didn’t know what to expect. You see, Jamaine had worked his whole life, he never had to ask for help, he usually helped others. Not knowing what Horizon House was about, he decided to take a chance and showed up to Horizon House the next day.
Once Jamaine entered the doors to Horizon House, he said, “I didn’t feel like I was alone. I felt a feeling of immediate support.” For the first time in his life he felt like he had a support system. He met Peer Support Specialist, Kevin, who not only listened to Jamaine’s struggles, but also helped him to see an Assessment Specialist. The Assessment Specialist helped Jamaine with court issues, legal aid, bus passes, doctor appointments and housing.
Now, Jamaine sees his life as a blessing. After several attempts to take his life, Jamaine said, “God has me here for a reason. Now I need to do something with it.”
Today, Jamaine is in his new home, and has plans to become an entrepreneur by owning his own shoe store. He would like to share his story and become a motivational speaker to help others through their journey with homelessness.
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