My name is Maurice. I am a 41-year-old man whose life has not gone as planned. Years ago I had a good job and I enjoyed living in the Bay Area with my wife and three kids. Even with these blessings, I made some bad decisions which led to the loss of my marriage, home, job, and health. As a result, I became homeless and later received unexpected and devastating news: I had contracted AIDS. I had never felt so trapped and hopeless.

This past year I received a hope-filled birthday gift—a call that there was a room available for me at Catholic Charities Leland House. Since living at Leland House, I already feel an improvement to my physical health. I take my medication, get to my doctor appointments, and eat three healthy meals a day.

For the first time in two years, I was able to visit with my kids and do the kinds of fun things all dads want to do with their kids. I also keep busy through the activities planned for all of the residents at Leland House. The loneliness of homelessness is gone and I now feel like I’m part of a genuine community.