“Could I borrow your pen?” one of our nurses asked Daniel, a Christ House patient. After jotting down a note, she gave it back, insisting that she had many in her office. Still, a few hours later, he brought her the pen saying, “I want you to have this, I noticed you had a lot of work to do today and wanted to make sure you had a pen.”
Daniel has experienced a great deal of trauma since his early childhood. And yet, he is known around Christ House for his persistent generosity and cheerful personality.
Daniel became homeless a few years ago. While he once worked as a custodian and a cook, he developed memory problems that interfered with his ability to hold down a job.
Last December, Daniel was admitted to Christ House. His most urgent medical need was getting his diabetes under control. Unmanaged diabetes can lead to serious health complications, including kidney failure and heart attack. Our nurses worked with Daniel three times a day for several weeks to teach him how to administer insulin.
After consistent training, Daniel can now manage his diabetes independently and is the healthiest he has been in years.
In March, Daniel joined the Kairos Program, our residential recovery program. At Kairos, he has the supportive community and stable environment that he needs to thrive physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Daniel recently said, “One of my favorite things about Kairos is the brotherhood. I enjoy the house meetings, where we all get together to celebrate birthdays and things we’ve achieved.”
Your year-end donation gives men like Daniel life-saving medical care. And, sometimes, even a new family.
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