February 20 at 11:07am

Client Success Story: Michael T.

 

MIchael-ThortonInterfaith’s Veterans Assistance of San Diego division provides specialized services to homeless military veterans who find themselves without a safe place to recover from hospital stays.  Each year, Interfaith provides specialized nursing, housing, and case management to nearly 100 veterans recuperating from hospital stays. Each veteran Interfaith serves through its Recuperative Care Program has a unique story of overcoming adversity and achieving medical and housing stability.

After serving in the United States Army for 15 years, Michael Thorton was medically discharged due to a foot injury.  Preceding his discharge, Michael resided with his elderly mother in the San Diego County area.  Unfortunately, Michael’s mother sold her home and moved out of San Diego County, leaving Michael without permanent housing.  While residing in a downtown San Diego veteran tent shelter, Michael was referred to Interfaith via the Veterans Hospital.  During his 6 month stay at Interfaith’s Veterans Recuperative Care Facility, Michael says he felt “like family, the nurses and staff took care of me during two surgeries.”  Michael also had the opportunity to participate in a chef training program called, Warrior Kitchen, which he successfully completed.  Currently, Michael is employed at the Chula Vista Retirement Center as a cashier.

Michael attributes his current self-sufficiency to Interfaith and the Veterans Recuperative Care Program. “With Interfaith’s help, I didn’t return to homelessness. Through the Veterans Recuperative Care Program, I was able to get the assistance I needed.”

To increase the effectiveness of the Veterans Recuperative Care Program, Interfaith is excited to announce that it has begun construction on a Veteran and Family Resource Center in Escondido.  At this new facility, Interfaith will be able to expand the Veteran Recuperative Care Program, as well as offer access to other resources including Employment Services, Food & Basic Needs assistance and more.  This 10,000 square feet former medical office building will give Interfaith the opportunity to help a greater number of veterans like Michael get back on their feet and achieve self-sufficiency.

While fundraising for the new Veteran and Family Resource Center is underway, the generous support of the community is still needed.  If you would like to contribute to this project with a charitable donation, please click here.