Client Stories

Paul’s Story of Transformation

As an experienced and licensed construction worker, Paul never had trouble finding work. He also enjoyed the perk of having a company vehicle, so when his wife’s son was in need of one, Paul generously gave him his personal truck, which had been sitting mostly unused. Little did he know, his circumstances were about to change.

After a divorce and an injury, which resulted in major back surgery and the loss of his job, Paul found himself without a vehicle and spending what savings he had accrued on hotels. He was determined to get back to work, so he continued manual labor jobs until he was in such pain that he could not continue in his trade. He applied for other jobs, but found that DART did not service many of the suburbs where the interviews would take place.

Paul was shocked, but grateful to find himself at Austin Street Center. He now enjoys attending Austin Street Center church services and is working with Legal Aid in hopes of qualifying for disability services. The plan he is building is giving him hope for the future and a path forward.