Success Stories

We are so proud of our Veteran residents: Buddy Holston & Darionne Lee for getting one step closer to self-sufficiency by learning a new trade! Congrats Guys!
Buddy & Darionne
We Salute You!

These two U.S. Veterans, who have struggled with homelessness before coming to VEO, are being given a second chance to rebuild their lives - thanks to a community partnership that empowers the men to master advanced coding and computer programming skills.

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David Abernathy
We Salute You!

Mr. Abernathy drove to VEO in his new car today (pictured) to pick up his Workforce Development Certificates! One for completing a training program at the Furniture Bank, one of our employment partners and another for being employed for ninety days with RNC Drive Away Services!

Mr. Abernathy was with us from July 2014 through December 2014, when he moved into permanent housing via SSVF (Support Services for Veteran Families). Mr. Abernathy has been able to maintain his permanent housing as well as his employment for the past seven months. We are so incredibly proud of him and his journey to self sufficiency!

Clifford's Story of Empowerment

Kevin's Story of Empowerment

~ Homeless for 2 years
~ Currently In Permanent Housing
Chris's Story of Empowerment

Chris was born into a traditional military family. His parents enforced a strict and disciplined environment. Despite his parents rules, Chris began drinking at the young age of 10. Years of drinking and poor choices ultimately led to his homelessness. Chris was homeless for two years.

Chris finally made the decision to get sober and become self-sufficient, receiving help from several organizations including VEO of Georgia and United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.

Chris is now volunteering at the VEO Thrift and receives disability benefits. He is most proud of his ability to quit drinking and manage his anger. He sees himself as a motivator and a leader, and his life is nothing short of satisfying.

"When I was homeless, I felt isolated and it was hard to ask for help. I learned to never give up. My life is positive now."

- Chris Hubbard

~ Homeless for almost 1 year
~ Currently In Permanent Housing
Alvinn's Story of Empowerment

Alvin "Little Al" Quinn grew up in a small family in Detroit, Michigan. He struggled throughout his upbringing because of his interracial family upbringing. Internally he felt different, alone and scared.

Alvin began experimenting with drugs and alcohol to help cope with his struggles. Eventually, Alvin got out of his house but ended up becoming homeless. With too many drug abuse problems to function properly in society, Alvin checked himself into a rehabilitation center. He successfully completed the program, got connected to VEO of Georgia, and was hired at Crossroads Ministries, a soup kitchen in downtown Atlanta. It is a source of income for him, as well as a way of giving back to the community that helped him when he was in need.

Since his recovery, he has been living in transitional housing while he becomes financially stable enough to find his own home.

"I'm happy in my new transition in life right now and I won't stop making improvements in my life. I'm not a quitter."

- Alvinn Quinn

~ Homeless for 2 years
~ Currently In Permanent Housing

"I appreciate the assistance I have received from VEO. I felt invisible for so long and they helped me to become visible again. They gave me back the feeling of being a human, and I am so grateful for that."

-Cecil Clinton
Cecil's Story of Empowerment

Cecil Clinton's life has been a constant struggle and challenge to endure his daily activities. Fatherless with a family history of sexual abuse, that eventually left Cecil to be raised by another family, where he underwent additional abuse. Cecil, maintained straight A's throughout his schooling.

At the age of 16 , Cecil tried drugs for the first time. Upon completion of school, Cecil went on into the military, serving for several years. Cecil, having already tried drugs, was open to continuing on this cycle and soon fell into a heroin addiction. He was a functioning addict, remaining successful in the military. Upon completion of his service, Cecil picked up a few odd jobs but eventually became homeless, spending many years on the streets, until he had a stroke that led to a permanent disability.

Doctors told Cecil that he would die if he didn't tackle his addiction. After entering several rehabilitation centers, Cecil came to VEO of Georgia where he has since been clean, attaining housing and disability benefits. He is proud of himself for beating his addiction while simultaneously creating a new path for his life's journey.

Recently, Cecil has been relaxing and enjoying his new-found stability and sense of home. His favorite thing to do is watch television, and he follows several shows. He smiles, and shows compassion and love today, something he has struggled with in the past.

~ Homeless for almost 2 years
~ Currently In Permanent Housing

"My faith and determination were my personal saviors. No matter your situation, remember that life is short, sweet and full of hope. Don't ever give up hope!"

-Arthur Hatcher
Arthur's Story of Empowerment

Arthur Hatcher joined the military right after high-school. He served in Vietnam for several years, and upon completion of service returned to the states. Upon arrival, Arthur lost his siblings and his wife all within a few years of each other. Shocked and terrified, Arthur went on to find a job and pick up with his life, knowing that if he didn't keep his head held high, he would fail.

One morning, Arthur woke up unable to move his body. After discovering that he had developed a nerve condition, he was released from his job because of his inability to physically work. Without an income, Arthur began falling behind on his bills and soon-after, became homeless. Arthur hid his homelessness from everyone, including his children.

Through Street Outreach, Arthur was connected to case management, housing and disability benefits through VEO of Georgia. Arthur had no substance abuse problems, no mental instabilities and only a minor physical impediment and yet, he still struggled to find help from being homeless.

Today, Arthur is ensuring his health is stable, making new friends and connections, attending church and keeping up with his new savings account.Arthur enjoys stability, a peace of mind, a sense of self worth and a drive to help out his surrounding community.