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A Year of Change

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dennis"2011 was a year of change in my life; it started out depressing but turned in to amazing." 

Dennis is a veteran who served our country during the end of the Vietnam War.  After his military career he began working in hospitals where he remained until 2008 when he was laid off after 15 years as anesthesiology technician.  

"More people were coming out of school with nursing degrees and the tech positions were getting squeezed out." 

Without a steady paycheck Dennis lost his home and was forced on the streets.  Depression set in and Dennis found himself turning to external sources for comfort.

"I have been clean since September 12th, the day I moved into The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter...and I don't want alcohol anymore.  I feel like God put me in this place to get perspective on myself as a person and how I was living.  My faith is very strong and that is what keeps me going.  The generosity, the compassion of the donors I see when I am out there amazes me."

Dennis' case manager helped him secure a place in the Comprehensive Work Therapy program at McGuire VA Medical Center where he will be able to restart his career working in hospitals. 

"You can't think negative, you won't get anything done."

It is through the wonderful generosity of Central Virginia that stories like this are possible.

If you would like to contribute and help us provide HOPE to those in need, you can do so online here, or by calling (804) 591-3816.


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