After losing his wife to cancer, Rex lost his home as well. Now, this published author says, "If it hadn’t been for the Y, I don’t know where I would be today."
Before living at the Y, I had lost my wife to cancer and gave up caring about everything so I ended up losing my home. I then lived in my truck at the lake for several months. Life has since changed and I care about life again.
I finally called the VA hotline with the outreach program and that got me a room at Central Iowa Shelter and Services. My VA case manager Karl helped me get into the Y. My favorite part about the Y is being able to retain my individuality. The staff are friendly and there for me when I have an issue, and the residents have a special form of camaraderie.
In the next year I see myself being self-sufficient in an apartment and continuing my writing. Not only am I an ordained minister, but I am also a published author with three books of poetry. The Des Moines Register wrote an article about me titled, “Harley Rider Writes Love Poetry.”
If it hadn’t been for the Y, I don’t know where I would be today. I thank God every day for being here.