At the age of 67, Leonard was homeless and alone living on the streets of Las Vegas. Occasionally he’d find refuge at a shelter, but due to widespread homelessness and the housing crisis, Leonard was usually left sleeping on the streets in 117-degree heat. Eventually, he made his way to San Diego in hopes of a brighter future.
Once in San Diego, Leonard learned that he could get a hot meal at Serving Seniors’ Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center. From there, he was able to connect with a Serving Seniors Case Manager who helped get him off the streets. Leonard was placed in our Potiker Family Senior Residence, which he has been able to call home for the last six years. “These six years are the longest I’ve ever stayed situated at one address in my whole life,” said Leonard.
Since the start of the pandemic, Leonard has stayed in touch with Serving Seniors’ Health & Social Services team, receiving COVID-19 testing and participating in our Ask A Nurse program to check in with our nursing team regarding his physical and mental health. The care and support he has received from our team marks a major shift from the years he spent homeless and alone.
“I’m very happy I have the security of a roof over my head, the meal in my stomach, and the social environment that is provided here. Without the support that Serving Seniors has given me, I might not be here today” said Leonard. “I’m thankful for the countless little things that I can use to extend my years and make them more gratifying.”