Every once in a while you meet a kind-hearted person who makes you want to be that kind of person yourself. Chuck is that guy. When Chuck arrived at ANEW Place in May of 2016, he'd experienced a tough few years losing his family home, living in his car and another shelter, while also seeking steady employment. He entered our ANEW Leaf transitional housing program almost a year ago, completed the requirements in 6 months, then had to wait, and wait some more due to a lack of both Section 8 vouchers and affordable housing options.
Through the victories and challenges, the one thing that has stayed consistent with Chuck is his kindness. Whether it’s offering to give other guests rides to important appointments and job opportunities, orienting a meal provider showing up for the first time, or sharing a word of encouragement to our staff, Chuck’s kindness often serves as a thermostat for the social temperature in ANEW's house at 89 North Street.
This next week will be bittersweet as we say goodbye to Chuck and celebrate him moving into a new Cathedral Square apartment. His patience paid off! I personally will miss grabbing a morning coffee in the kitchen as Chuck catches me up on the happenings around the house or a friendly reminder from Chuck as I leave each evening that what we do at ANEW matters. I will also be excited to see what path Chuck blazes as he’s free to explore his personal goals and dreams. Something tells me that wherever that path leads, people will encounter a heart of kindness.