Accomplished With Your Support
From attaining college degrees to becoming first-time homeowners, Jerusalem House residents inspire with their achievements. With our counselors, all of our residents set goals in Individual Service Plans when they enter one of our housing programs. The plans are customized according to each resident’s health and ability.
Meet Frank, a Scattered Site resident. Despite his frail health, he helps others by sharing his story. Frank was chosen as 2011 Resident of the Year for a number of reasons, according to Janice Harris- Corry, director of housing for the agency: He raised more money than any volunteer or staff member for the 2011 AIDS Walk, with $1,785 in donations; had perfect attendance at the community meetings; met all requirements for home visits; has improved his overall health; and “volunteers for everything,” Ms. Harris-Corry says, explaining how much Frank helps when he speaks to groups by “putting a face with a program.”“I just want to thank everybody who supported me in the 2011 AIDS Walk,” Frank says. “Because of your support, I have been able to support others.”Frank recently spoke to CBS Atlanta 46 about how JH, AID Atlanta, and Joining Hearts helped him make a comeback from desperate circumstances.
One of only 15 high school students selected to participate in a Russian exchange student program, Andrew earned a scholarship to Wake Forest University and graduated with a degree in Russian studies and a minor in economics. He worked an interpreter at the 1994 Goodwill Games and has a picture with US track star Carl Lewis as a souvenir. But Andrew contracted HIV in 2007 and lost his job as a result of his declining health. He struggled to find housing, living with different people in various places and becoming even sicker in the process.In November 2009, Andrew moved into a home provided by Jerusalem House. By November 2010 he was studying for the December LSAT (law school entrance exam) and applying to law school, a life goal of his since college. He is grateful for the supportive services Jerusalem House provides, which has helped him regain his self worth and find focus to pursue his dream.
In her own words, Erica admits she is “not supposed to be here” given what she has been through in her life. She was diagnosed with HIV in 1989, which developed into AIDS by 2006. Crippled by a substance abuse problem, she fled from state to state, place to place, trying to escape. Then, in October 2009, Erica found the Jerusalem House housing programs.Today, now living in a stable housing environment, she is healthy, and her viral load is undetectable. She graduated from cosmetology school in September 2010, and attributes her accomplishment to being “finally willing to do the work.” Her ambition does not stop there. She is enrolled in massage therapy classes and hopes to facilitate healing in others when she completes her studies in August 2011. Also among her priorities has been rebuilding her relationships with her children, starting with a visit last December to see her 18-year old son.
A resident of the Jerusalem House Family Program since 2007, Marie is the mother of twin pre-school aged girls, one of whom is HIV positive. Marie not only achieved her GED diploma in 2010, but also received the highest score on that exam in the State of Georgia.Not one to rest on her laurels, Marie also completed course work and passed the state exams to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) within a six month period. This mother of two clearly has not allowed her HIV status or formerly homeless situation keep her down. She truly exemplifies the transformative power of permanent supportive housing.