Tom Crowder is a 60-year-old veteran who served in the Army during his time in Vietnam. Crowder had joined the Army when he was only 18-years-old and freshly out of high school. It was in 2014, in Mesa, Arizona that Crowder was laid off from his engineering job. Even though he frantically struggled to find a replacement job as soon as possible, he quickly lost his home.
He was eventually forced to stay at a local homeless shelter. However he was quick to find that the homeless shelter wasn't his safest option as others repeatedly tried stealing from him.
“It was bad. It was the worst experience I ever had. ...Things would have to change,” Crowder said. “I was hoping to get permanent work so that I could get a place on my own, but I didn’t. … I had no contacts... nothing.”
It wasn't until he arrived at Paz de Cristo in Mesa that Crowder finally found the help he so desperately needed.
Paz de Cristo is the only East Valley organization that is able to serve free dinners to absolutely whoever needs it.
Crowder claims he owes his life to Paz de Cristo Director Arlen Westing. Crowder says that without him Crowder would have still been suffering on the streets. Crowder is proud to say that he was able to end his 10-month stretch of homelessness with the organization's help.
It has been reported that countless other homeless veterans have also been helped in Mesa ever since Mesa had joined a national effort to completely eradicate veteran homelessness throughout the city. Paz de Cristo as well as countless other local social-service organizations have come together in order to make this a reality.
Council member Chris Glover admits that it is difficult to have a solid statistic about the amount of homeless veterans in Mesa. However Westling shared that there are about 125 homeless veterans that visit Paz de Cristo every month.
Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.
As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.
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