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Respite employee Cleon Hughes was once homeless; Photo courtesy of Jack Kues

Cleon Hughes is something of an unofficial Center for Respite Care spokesman.  Years ago, he arrived at Respite as a homeless and sick; today he works with us.   At our Community Reception on April 10, Hughes shared his story. 

 

During a semi-professional football try-out in December 2005, Hughes sustained a serious leg injury.  Unable to work and without medical insurance, he became homeless as he sought surgery to repair the injury.

 

Months passed, but no one was able to help.  Hughes became bitter, wondering if he could ever gain meaningful employment and housing.  After six months at the Mt. Airy Men’s shelter, he was referred to the Center for Respite Care in June 2006.  Respite staff worked with Hughes to schedule the surgical procedure and cared for him during his recovery.  Today, Hughes has recovered full functionality of his right leg.

 

“I got to the Respite and I could not believe that all these strangers were pulling for me,” says Hughes, “Without them, I’d don’t know where I’d be today.  Being able to recover here was truly a blessing.”  Today, Hughes is a Personal Care Assistant at Respite, where he helps others regain hope in their journeys out of homelessness.

 

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