What started as a suicide attempt resulted in several days in a coma and a series of stays in psychiatric hospitals. Now homeless, Jean found herself curled up in a fetal position on the bed of a cheap motel, cringing at every noise. According to Jean, “My anxiety was so high that getting on a bus or sitting in a waiting room was impossible. It was shear torture.” At this point Jean’s hard work in gaining a Master’s degree was of no use due to the anxiety that had completely taken over her life. Fortunately she received a referral to the Fourth Street Clinic for help with her medical concerns.
Waiting for her appointment was almost more than she could bear, but when she finally sat down to talk to the doctor at the clinic, a subtle shift began. “The doctor talked to me like a real person. He recommended that I try the women’s group. At first I sat without saying anything, but I then realized that I wasn’t being judged or labeled.” Jean was accepted for a program called Housing First, a program that provides subsidized, supported housing for individuals like her. With the support of the people at the Fourth Street Clinic, Jean’s anxiety has slowly improved to the point that she is now spending time volunteering. “I’m a member of the Fourth Street Consumer Advisory Board and feel like I’m making a contribution. I still have a long way to go but the attitude of the people at Fourth Street has gone a long way toward giving me my life back.”
At the Heart of Our Community are people like Jean and organizations like the Fourth Street Clinic where the goal is to improve the quality of healthcare for the homeless population of the Greater Salt Lake City Area.
It’s what makes Our Community great!
For more information about the programs at Fourth Street Clinic or to volunteer or donate visit: http://www.fourthstreetclinic.org/
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