From Hospital to Home: Taras’ Story
“I’m so thankful for the people I worked with in H2H. They listen and motivate you. They helped me realize I wasn’t alone in my situation.”
10-13-2013 · Homelessness
Taras Welch is a 35-year-old Atlanta native who can truly say the last three years have made lifelong changes on his perspective.
In 2010, Taras was staying at Grady Hospital, seeking medical help for his mental health issues. That’s when a member of the Grady ACT Team referred Taras to the Hospital 2 Home (H2H) program. Being in the program allowed Taras to get all of the mental health services he needed, while also receiving treatment for frequent seizures that had often led to hospitalization.
Without constant stress over his health, Taras was motivated to stop abusing illicit drugs to cope. Participating in H2H also taught Taras a lot about working and living with others. “I learned how to address our differences.”
Living in housing with Homes of Light helped him to realize he wasn’t the only one who struggled with the things he did, and taught him plenty about living and working alongside different types of people.
After staying in the H2H program for 12 months, Taras was able to graduate into permanent housing. He’s currently saving part of his income to purchase a car, and is working towards getting accepted to technical school to become certified in heating and air technology. He spends his free time nowadays playing kickball and watching football games with his family.
“I’m so thankful for the people I worked with in H2H.” Taras said. “They listen and motivate you. They helped me realize I wasn’t alone in my situation.”