Need knows no boundaries of ethnicity, age, faith or gender. Neither do we.
Need knows no boundaries of ethnicity, age, faith or gender. Neither do we.

A life that works

Victor Walls had been living in a men’s homeless shelter for a year when he came to Catholic Charities of West Tennessee.

He didn’t like living at the mission because it was so hectic and crowded. “You have to sleep on a mat on the floor,” he said.

We quickly connected the U.S. Army veteran to our Driving the Dream program because he was willing and able to work. Driving the Dream is a program that helps people move from poverty to self-sufficiency by connecting them with resources and providing guidance and encouragement to make their dreams come true.

Victor told our Driving the Dream coordinator that his dream was to work at a large downtown hotel because he enjoys seeing the people come and go. So she helped him get an interview at the Sheraton Downtown, where he has held a full-time position maintaining the employee cafeteria since April. Catholic Charities also helped him get an apartment near his work.

Victor, 56, is happy with his job. “Everybody here is so friendly and nice,” he said of the hotel. After work, he enjoys going home to relax and watch the television that he bought for himself.

Helena Scanlan, the human resources generalist at the Sheraton Downtown, said “Victor is just a joy to the staff. Every staff member brags about  him.”

To help more people like Victor on their journey to self-sufficiency, donate to our Annual Campaign here.