Tony B. turned to drugs and alcohol at a young age to numb the physical and emotional turmoil of an abusive upbringing. After dropping out of high school, he signed up for the military to try and get his life back on track. But after receiving an HIV-positive diagnosis, Tony turned back to drugs and alcohol, and he eventually became homeless.
Over the years Tony has struggled with substance abuse, but his dreams to go back to school, find a meaningful job and overcome homelessness have served as a guiding light, even through relapses and four years served in prison. Tony eventually earned his GED while living in and out of shelters, and since being connected with CaringWorks last year, he’s been receiving housing support and recovery services that have enabled him to pursue his education further. Tony completed an Associate Degree in Medical Business Administration in March 2022.
“CaringWorks has opened my eyes and given me a sense of peace and accomplishment,” he said. “I am mentally in a better place and it’s the best feeling in the world.”
Built on the single idea that all people—no matter their social or economic standing—should have a chance to improve their quality of life, CaringWorks has served 10,000 clients throughout our 20-year history. Since our inception, we have grown exponentially to become one of Georgia’s leaders in providing permanent supportive housing. We serve hundreds of individuals each year through unique programs and services that are specifically tailored to the needs of those facing chronic homelessness.
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