What our tenants have to say...
Stories from the Housing Office:
Her long term goal is to purchase her own home.
"Vincent" - in his own words
Please do not forget ACCA, Interfaith and Catholic Charities and all those who have made it possible for those of us to have housing. We are most grateful. I would like to thank Fr. Young, the City of Albany for providing services that are especially needed for those of us in recovery.
I started my recovery process in July of 2007. [After about a year in recovery treatment programs] I moved into independent living at the Waldorf Residence with the help of the HIP program and in conjunction with DSS of Albany County. I have successfully been able to maintain my recovery and live a more productive lifestyle. I am now attending EOC, a vocational training for business. I hope to gain some experience with computers and work on my skills in math and language. As long as I have been a resident at the Waldorf, a lot of positive things have happened in my life. I have been able to reach out to others and help them in their recovery process. I have just received from Narcotics Anonymous my 18 th month “Clean and Serene” medallion. This is because I am trying to do things differently in my life.
Being at the Waldorf has helped me and given me much hope and a better life today. My deepest [hope] is that this place will continue to enhance the lives of others.
She wants to earn her GED and go on to a full time job, but due to Charlene's poor education, she needs tutoring. The Site Manager had been a teacher for a number of years and decided to see if he could help her with her math skills and writing skills. By using flash cards and journal writing, her skills are starting to improve. She has started to realize this herself and her self-confidence is improving. Her last writing project was a letter to President Obama, in which she made several suggestions and gave her perspectives as a formerly homeless individual. She has applied for two jobs in the past month and talks about getting a plan to eventually buy her own house.
Living & Dying In A Shelter - Fr. George Brennan
Many months later I met another man at the same shelter and he helped me to think twice about what it means to live and what it means to die. He told me that he was in the final stages of a terminal illness and his last wish was to be allowed to die at Lwanga, the only place that he could call home. He was alienated from his family and his only friends were others who were homeless along with him. As I got to know more about him I quickly learned that he had fond memories of growing up in the neighborhood where I now live. I immediately thought that this was no mere coincidence and I jokingly said: “I guess that means we’re neighbors even though neither of us really knew it ! ” We only had a few more visits because his health declined much faster than anyone had expected. Nonetheless, staff and residents were all eager to honor his request to spend his final days with them. Their concern for him was most impressive and it moved me as much as the man who had first told me that he was afraid of dying in a shelter. In our meetings to plan for his care, it was clear to me that there was a lot of love there in the midst of the sadness of knowing that time was running out. That same love was even more obvious when he eventually died and we all gathered for a memorial service. We grieved and celebrated his passing and many people talked about how his attitude toward dying was inspiring them to go on living. It was obvious to me that this dying man brought new life to many people around him. Who would have thought that a person dying in a shelter could bring so much life to others? But, why am I surprised? Who would have thought that a baby born in a stable would eventually bring new life to the whole world ? Maybe it doesn’t matter all that much where you’ve been in life or where you spend your final days. Perhaps what matters most is that you love the people you meet along the way and treat them as your neighbor.
|38 beds||174 Units||23 Low-Income Units|
St Peter's Residence & Annex
N. Allen Street
Deborah Damm O'Brien,
Thomas Coates, Director of Operations
41 North Main Avenue