Before his struggle with homelessness, Joe was a successful Navy veteran who held a steady 13-year career as a machinist. But Joe struggled with drug addiction, one that cost him everything—his job, his relationships, and even his home. A local organization that assists homeless veterans noticed Joe and his commitment to recovery. This veterans service provider then recommended him for the Shelters to Shutters program. Ideal candidates display a strong drive for employment, and Joe’s professional background fit the mold.