When JoAnne, one of our outreach workers, first saw Lloyd on the street, he was in rough shape. He had a long beard that he didn’t like and a broken pair of glasses with one lens that he looked through when he needed to see something.
Lloyd worked for the last 20 years in a winery, but then a change in owners meant a full staff change as well. Because of this, Lloyd not only lost his job but also his home, as he had been living in a trailer at the orchard for the last 20 years. He was 66 years old.
With nowhere else to go, Lloyd lived on the street for 14 months. He impacted many of the people he met – now he’s called Grandpa Lloyd by most of the people he knows. But it was also a difficult experience. At one point he came back to his tent only to find that the entire site had been burned down by some kids partying.
His life started to change when he got connected to the Mission. It was the staff who really made a difference in his life.
“JoAnne gave me a lot of help and took care of me. She got me glasses cause I couldn’t afford them. She did all my taxes and got me all my new IDs,” says Lloyd.
With JoAnne’s help, Lloyd found a place to live. She said that before he moved in, the thing he was looking forward to most was using his own shower and getting rid of his beard. When he moved in to his new home on December 6th, that wish was answered.
Now beardless, he is still known as Grandpa Lloyd by the many people who still depend on him. He also has a pension, which means he can afford a second pair of glasses as back-up. He’s settled into his new house, and hoping to start working in the summer.
“I’m one of those guys that wake up and the sun is shining and the birds are singing and I have to do something,” says Lloyd. Thanks to you, he is equipped to do just that!
Stories like Grandpa Lloyd’s inspire us, and I hope his story helps you realize anew the far-reaching impact that one changed life can have. Your support makes such a large impact on the community. Thank you for your generosity!