It takes character to remain positive in the face of adversity and loss. Robert definitely has character!
A big man, Robert has a booming voice that could be heard calling out greetings and encouragement to other clients. He was eager to help other clients and Room staff. He was generous with his smiles and his laughter. All while dealing with setbacks in his own life.
A disabled father of a robust 12-year-old son, Robert lost his housing when legal issues forced him to move out of his fiancée’s home. Soon after, while staying at Room at the Inn, Robert learned that his fiancée had died. Two crushing blows, and yet Robert continued to be positive for others and focused on creating a home for his son.
“I’m just grateful,” he said. “I am grateful for Room at the Inn because it led me to become spiritually connected again. I found I had extra time during the day, so I picked up my Bible. Now I’m reading it every day. It’s helped make me stronger.”
“Robert is a gentle man and a gentleman,” said Stephanie Turck, CDP, the volunteer coordinator at Room at the Inn. “He was always so positive.”
He was also an inspiration. Sister Stephanie tells the story of an adult volunteer who came looking for Robert one day after he moved out. She was disappointed to have missed him, she said, because he had had a profound effect on her life. “I love that man,” she said. “Because of him, I’ve gotten back to reading my Bible daily.”
Robert has moved on to a longer-term shelter until permanent housing for individuals on Disability becomes available. Before leaving Room at the Inn, he admitted to being sorry to go. “I will miss the people the Lord put in my life here,” he said. “They were so loving and kind to me and my son. I’m going to miss it. I’m just so grateful.”
And, really, we’re grateful to him. Robert is one of those people the Lord put in our lives to remember what character is all about.