02 Mar Crisis Stories: Christopher
I quit my factory job in South Beloit in March 2020 – unfortunately, just a few days before the lockdown started. I regretted the decision, of course, because when everything shut down it was hard to get another job. I got a few odd jobs here and there, but they weren’t enough to sustain me. I didn’t have a car, so that limited me, too. The stimulus helped me keep my apartment in Rockton for a while … but last fall I couldn’t keep up with the rent any more. I went back and forth with my landlord for a couple of months, but I understood this was a problem for him, too. I ended up turning in my key and coming to the Mission.
I have never been homeless before. The first week I was here, I sulked. I spent a lot of time cursing myself, cursing everyone around me. Not outwardly, but inwardly. After that, though, I worked to better myself. I talked with the staff a bit—Andre and John helped me out a lot.
As much as I appreciate what the Mission is doing for me, I don’t want to be here very long. I’ve been in contact with the City of Rockford, and they have been helping me get an apartment. Now I am also working with a few people on getting a job, hopefully some type of office work. I’m working on that with Anne in the Works! Center … But because I don’t have a car, I need to get housing settled first so I know if there is a way to get to my job.
I’m grateful to the Mission. They definitely will help you here, but you have to be ready for that help, and want to be helped.