He was someone who had a great sense of humor, and a fabulous general culture. He was one of my very first patients, which is perhaps why he touched me so much.
He really broke the image of a homeless person.
He could throw tantrums and didn't get along with everyone. That's the whole point of having complementary colleagues!
He remained in his home for just under two years before passing away.
The team helped me a lot to get through this. "At least he died in housing". And then you think, even if it's only for a week or 15 days, at least he was safe. He was still able to settle down, be quiet, be at home.
The job makes sense at that point, and so does the Housing First principle.
He died with more dignity than if he had remained on the street.
We lived it in a more serene way. We would have blamed ourselves if he had died on the street, it would have been very difficult for the team.
He had been on the streets for years, in a state that was not possible.
It was great that he finally found a place to live.
But indeed, he was not an obvious character, Mr. J.* ...
(*) We make every effort to respect the privacy of our patients and our professional secrecy. Nevertheless, we want to bear witness to how they have to survive and how we work together to reintegrate them. Therefore, the names of places and people are deliberately omitted or changed and real-life situations are placed in another context.