Cathanic, aka Cali, originated from Mississippi and experienced a great loss after the passing of a close family member. This tragic event caused him to develop a deep depression and he began to lose his way.
Cali had been bouncing from job to job across the United States for several years and has experienced countless episodes of homelessness along the way. During his stay in California, however, Cali unfortunately endured an extra-long episode due to newly diagnosed medical conditions, lack of financial resources, and social support. Cali had lost three jobs in a row due to constant over exhaustion, shortness of breath, and episodes of passing out. He was then diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes, and inflammation of his pancreas. He was in and out of hospitals, but without a stable home, Cali was unable to improve his health and manage it. Eventually, his medical condition would put him back in the emergency room; but this time with St. Bernardine Medical Center, who referred him to Illumination Foundation (IF).
While in the IF Recuperative Care program, Cali had a chance to learn how to improve and maintain his health with education from the medical coordinators. Cali exceeded expectations in the maintaining of his blood sugar levels, diet, and exercise. When his case manager began to work with Cali to figure out housing options, Cali expressed that his grandmother had been asking him to move back home to Mississippi for some time now. Recup staff worked hard to make his wish a reality. Once deemed medically stable, IF was able to sponsor this dream come true and bought his Greyhound ticket to Mississippi. Cali is now happily reunited with his family and housed within the comfort of his family’s home.