Palmetto Warrior Connection (PWC) recently followed up with Anthony Anderson, a Post 9/11 Army Veteran who was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2011 and 2013.
After returning to South Carolina from his deployments, Anthony found himself homeless for the majority of 2014 and 2015. He was able to stay in a hotel for some time, but was about to find himself back on the streets after depleting his savings account to survive.
Anthony reached out to One80 Place, a non-profit organization located in downtown Charleston that provides food, shelter and hope to end homelessness and hunger to struggling individuals and families. Encouraged to contact PWC, Anthony got in touch with Housing Advocate Jason Myers, who Anthony said, “helped him tremendously.”
Anthony stated, “When he (Jason) met me, I was at my bottom, at my worst, and I didn’t know if I was gonna make it. I was already at the place where I wanted to just end it,” he said. Jason helped Anthony stay in a hotel for an additional two weeks. “That gave me what I needed to get myself more established while also working with One80 Place to get myself back on my feet,” Anthony said.
In November 2015, Anthony was permanently housed. He said, “I am just overwhelmed at how well this place (PWC) helps you. If it hadn’t been for Jason and the PWC team, I would have never gotten the opportunity to start my life all over again.” Anthony now has a roof over his head, food, and other basic items he needs to live. He has worked extremely hard and the Palmetto Warrior Connection team is so proud of how far he has come. Anthony stated, “Just knowing that a place like Palmetto Warrior Connection is here, it gives me a sense of security to know that there’s a place myself and other veterans can come to receive proper help and guidance from caring and compassionate people. I have seen that first hand, I am a living testimony.”