After an unfortunate layoff, Jon’s family had no other choice but to split up. Brady’s mom left with Brady’s brother and two sisters to live with her family, and Jon and little Brady were on their own. As unemployment income ran out and his temporary part-time income wasn’t enough – Jon was evicted from his apartment at Baldwin Creek and faced homelessness for the first time. He and Brady lived in a hotel room for over a year and eventually ended up in an emergency shelter. Jon was able to secure a permanent full time job and worked hard to qualify for a house in Vincent Village where Jon and Brady finally felt safe and stable. But, this wasn’t the end of his many challenges. He also struggles with multiple back and neck issues but never lets that get him down.
Jon is a very hard worker and refuses to let his hearing disability define him. At one point, almost 2 years ago, because Jon was unable to hear his alarm going off, he was consequently late to work one too many times and, according to policy, lost his job. During the time he was off work, Jon worked for temp agencies and Vincent Village was able to employ him part time as well. Jon worked with the League for the Blind and Disabled to get new hearing aids and other accommodations, including a bed shaker for an alarm.
Because of a sensitive medical condition that Brady was born with due to drug use during pregnancy, Jon has mounds of ongoing medical bills that need attention. His checks are presently being garnished for other debts as well.
Jon is very grateful for Vincent Village and the many advantages therein, but particularly happy about the afterschool tutoring program offered through Youth Services that Brady has participated in for three years now.