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Love Your Neighbor - Mike

Have a Heart for Mike

Here is his story, told in his words.

Hurt – I put my trust in the wrong person. That’s what it comes down to. The girl I was dating. I was living in Taylor Mill, Kentucky. I had my own apartment, and she did, too. My roof collapsed on me. She said I could move in with her. It went great for a while. Then she decided she did not like me seeing my kids so much because they were here. She told me I couldn’t use the car. She called and said I needed to pack your stuff and get out. I told her, “I guess I’ll pack my stuff,” and came to Serve City.

Help - I packed my stuff and came to Serve City. I knew about it because I stayed about 12 years ago. I have received loads of help. So much stuff. The list is long and numerous. In twenty days, I’ll be here a year between all the Move Forward Steps. I have gotten help with jobs. From Larry from the board. Jen hooked me up with one. Housing – housing! Counseling with JT. I try to see him at least once a week. I try to see him on Mondays. I internalize things. I talk things out with him. Medical. Medicaid. Food stamps when I had them. Just social networking. I have met so many people. All the staff. Pastor Aaron and 17 Strong. I met council members there. My current job is a steppingstone.

Hope – I have four kids. My oldest is 16, 14 about to be 15, 13 about to be 14, 12 about to be 13. My son is getting ready for a program where he can start college and graduate early. I will be in my own place. That is happening on the soon side. My rapid re-housing paperwork will be here tomorrow. If not, I will save it. When it comes to work, that’s a tossup. I could continue where I am or start my own stuff.




Not having to rely on or trust anybody else for what I need or my happiness.

Mike describes himself as determined.

Have a heart for Mike, a determined man.

To give to our Love Your Neighbor campaign please click the logo to donate online. To mail donations please send to:

Serve City 622 East Ave Hamilton, Ohio 45011.

*All proceeds will go to benefits our residents.

To learn more about the steps of our Move Forward housing program click here.

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