HERO CENTRAL: Good Shepherd Housing

12:20 PM, Apr 16, 2012   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- James Clark was cruising though life. He had a great job in Georgia until he fell on hard times. His company downsized, a flood struck destroying all of his belongings and later endured a tornado.

"When I first lost everything I felt hopeless... I felt empty. I felt to the point where is it really worth living?" 

Clark came to Alexandria to rebuild his life. Good Shepherd Housing was the answer. For 37 years, they have reduced homelessness, increased community support and promoted self sufficiency.

"They assisted me in moving to this apartment which I truly love...I've taken care of and it's also giving me a foundation that I can start to experience life as a prosperity versus looking at where the loss was," remembered Clark. 

Executive Director Shannon Steene said, "We help equip people with the skills and with anything that is going to help them stablilze their current situation and then learn how to continue that into the future so they don't need Good Shepherd forever and always."

Not only does Clark have a home he has a new business. He makes organic spray body cleansers. They are called "God's Gifts", a name that could easily describe Good Shepherd Housing. 

"Just the fact that I have a stable environment is really what's helping me today. And thanks to Good Shepherd housing is truly something I look forward to each and every day I come into this apartment," shared Clark. 

This past Saturday, Good Shepherd Housing hosted its annual "Sailing Home" Gala in Old Town Alexandria. The fundraiser helps to raise about a quarter of a million dollars so that more people like James Clark can get back on their feet.

For more information, visit JCHAYWARD.COM.

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