A SECOND CHANCE

John's Story

“I’m doing a lot better,” said John Munsey.

John got the keys to his new apartment—a place to call his own—on his 35th birthday.

John was chronically homeless for three years, and has survived beatings, theft, and a drug addiction. John also witnessed his girlfriend die of a drug overdose. That’s when he hit rock bottom.

Now John is clean, and not only has he been given a home, but a second chance. He is now able to wash dishes and take a shower—things many of us take for granted.

United Way worked with community partners to create a system that moves people like John from homelessness to housing.

This coordinated system works better than if an organization were to work on its own.

We make magic when agencies work together, and on average we get people housed within 71 days. Second chances like this are possible because of United Way donors.

“It blew my mind,” said John of his furnished apartment in Hamden.

United Way is committed to ending all homelessness, and with our partners we have housed nearly 220 chronically homeless people and counting.

This includes John, who is looking forward to reconnecting with his two daughters now that he has a home.

“We make magic when agencies work together, and on average we get people housed within 71 days.”