A group of 12 masked people stand in a group, wearing Mission Services lanyards and standing inside a lobby area.

“There’s no place like home for the holidays.”

I’m sure we all know that familiar Christmas tune, and the feelings and memories it evokes; recalling warm, happy Christmases with family in our homes.

Unfortunately, for those experiencing homelessness in our community, that sentiment may feel distant, and sad. But thanks to our housing program staff, more people in Hamilton will be home for the holidays; people like JD.

JD came to stay at Mission Services’ Men’s Shelter in March after he lost his housing due to being incarcerated for a short period of time. While staying in shelter, JD found it hard being unable to see his grandchildren who live in Toronto. Luckily, JD along with his case manager worked hard to secure housing and found him a bachelor apartment just a short while later in May.

Due to the generosity of our community, JD received a bed, dishes, and other household items to help get him started. Housing UP! staff also helped coordinate his Government assistance, and have developed a relationship with his landlord who has enjoyed having JD as a tenant.

“I can’t stop smiling,” says JD, now that he has secured housing. “He has designed his space and made it his own. His place really reflects who he is and you can tell he feels safe there,” his case manager remarks.

Though he’s had his grandchildren over to play in his backyard this summer, one of the most exciting things about being housed for JD is the prospect of spending the Holidays with family.

“It’s an option I have not had for a while” he recalled. “Now that I’ve found a home that’s affordable, I’m looking forward to buying my family gifts.”

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