• Emily Neal

12 Days of Impact- Janet

For more than 20 years, Janet was homeless, but thanks to Reedy Place, a housing-first model of care for the homeless suffering with mental illness, Janet has her own apartment and is working with a mental health counselor on a life-plan that will help her continue to gain independence and self-sufficiency.

“I’ve never had my own apartment,” said Janet. “I remember the first night I came to Reedy Place and slept in a real bed – my bed! It was the first time in 20 years that I slept all night without waking up. For the first time in a long time, I was not afraid to close my eyes. I am so thankful to UHC and Ms. Mary Kay.” (Janet’s counselor).

Janet has been a resident at Reedy Place for more than a year, and she is proud of her accomplishments.

“Before I go to bed every night I make a plan for the next day. I write down all the things I have to do to take care of myself. I feel good at the end of the day when I go back to my list and can check off what I have done.”

Janet is one of 15 residents at Reedy Place who suffer with some form of mental illness and were previously homeless.

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