Sunday Stories: Jake’s Story

After being diagnosed with schizophrenia, Jake found himself nearly homeless. Without a support network of family or friends, he felt lost and alone. He had no idea where to turn to get his life back on track.

The first step was to secure safe, supportive housing. It was through a local referral that Jake was led to Horizon House.

He has been living in the Horizon House program for close to a year. Jake describes the staff at Horizon House as “really good friends that really do care.”

During his time at Horizon House, Jake has been connected with the mental health resources that he needs to navigate his diagnosis successfully. He has worked hard to establish friendships with the other residents, and greatly enjoys the activities available to him at Horizon House.

Recently, Jake and other residents enjoyed an outing to see Christmas lights, visiting a local aquarium, as well as opportunities to interact with the many volunteers that have visited Horizon House this Christmas season.

In 2019, Jake has a goal to move out on his own, but does feel like he needs the services of Horizon House for just a bit longer. He is not working right now, but plans to start school in the new year to work on earning his GED.

“I am so thankful for the friendships I have made at Horizon House. I hope to be able to give back to this program some day and help more people just like me know that they are not alone.”

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