Our longtime client, George Mixson, shared his story with First Coast News reporter Lisa Robbins this morning. As part of a series of stories on veterans’ issues this week, Lisa talked with George about the growing problem of homeless veterans living on the streets of Jacksonville, and all across the country. George himself spent six years on the streets, struggling with alcoholism and mental illness after returning from military service in Germany. He received enough income to support a more stable life, but was unable to manage his money appropriately due to his mental and behavioral health issues.
Fortunately, George connected with our representative payee program. The program receives clients’ income into a custodial account, and directly pays their critical bills – rent, utilities, medical care, food, etc.. Clients can then request spending money for discretionary purchases, if funds allow.
Today, George shares a house with several roommates, and works part time. He’s reconnected with family, and his health issues are under control. We’re so proud of George for all he’s done to turn his life around. This is what we’re all about at Lutheran Social Services: offering opportunities for new beginnings.