Just a couple of years ago, Anthony, a proud Army veteran with a strong work ethic, found himself in a situation he could have scarcely imagined when he was serving his country. He was homeless.
After leaving the military, Anthony worked in restaurants and the hospitality industry for many years, but he eventually found it difficult to maintain employment and afford the steadily rising cost of living. All too quickly, he was on the streets.
But Anthony’s road back began when he sought help from Operation Stand Down Tennessee, which provides a wide range of supportive services to veterans in need. Operation Stand Down, in turn, placed Anthony with Shelters to Shutters.
Anthony secured a job as an assistant service technician and housing at Freeman Webb’s Point Breeze apartment community. He’s been thriving ever since and has earned a promotion to service tech, where he specializes in the rehab of units.
“I can’t overstate how grateful I am for this opportunity and how determined I am to make the most of it,” he said. “People really count on me, and I don’t want to let anybody down. I’m just working in a great environment, and I’m learning a lot.
“I want as many people as possible to get a chance to benefit from Shelters to Shutters’ services in the way that I have,” he added.
“Anthony has been a great asset to our team and the company,” said Kirby Davis, COO of Freeman Webb. “He cares deeply about doing an excellent job, and he is truly invested in our success.”
Looking ahead, Anthony says he has some unfinished business. At the recent Regional Maintenance Mania competition, Anthony narrowly missed a bid to the national competition.
“This year, I went to really learn about the event and the competition,” he said. “Next year, I’ll really have a firm grasp on what’s going on.”