Paul faced many challenges that led to his homelessness. After losing his job, he was unable to afford his mortgage, and his home was foreclosed. With no shelter and being homeless for a year, Paul was unable to maintain his health and developed cellulitis to both his lower extremities as well as deep vein thrombosis (DBT). Even with these poor health conditions and no home, Paul was determined to remain productive and continued his job search. His deteriorating health eventually landed him in the emergency room at Riverside County Regional Medical Center. From there, Paul was referred to Illumination Foundation’s Recuperative Care.
Paul came to Recuperative Care with all vital documents, county benefits, and an impressive resume; but, there was no employment in sight. He did not let this deter him as he stayed active in working closely with his Recup case manager to figure out his next steps for housing and employment. Everyday Paul went to the library and searched for jobs, sending out his resume to multiple locations. At the same time, Paul was able to focus on stabilizing his health conditions and became very knowledgeable in how to manage his DBT. After several weekly phone calls to various transitional homeless programs, his Recup case manager was able to transition Paul to a 90 day shelter program in the High Desert. After three months, his cellulitis resolved and it was time to leave Recuperative Care. Several weeks later, his case manager followed up with him and is proud to report that Paul was able to secure his old job as the Senior Payroll Coordinator at Soboba Casino and now lives 10 minutes from his office. Paul has expressed great gratitude to the Recuperative Care staff and IEHP for all their support.