How Project One For All can
"Marc" is a 55
year old male who suffered off and on for many years with severe
mental illness. At one time, he had a distinguished career in
broadcasting and journalism. However, two years ago, Marc became
homeless when his son was deployed to the Middle East. Marc began
spiraling downward, went off his medication, and started drinking
He was often told that he was bipolar, but
self-medicated with alcohol. He survived several suicide attempts
and was psychiatrically hospitalized a number of times.
being discharged from treatment for alcohol abuse in a residential
treatment program, he was soon hospitalized again.
programs and hospitalizations, Marc was still homeless. He was then
transferred to a crisis residential program to continue his
inpatient care, where he was linked to a Homeless Outreach Worker at
the East County outpatient clinic.
The homeless outreach
worker placed Marc in a temporary shelter while he continued his
mental health treatment and medication at the clinic. Marc’s main
goal was to pursue his “mental recovery” so that he could return to
society and pursue work again. In his words “ through the assistance
of East County Mental Health, Volunteers of America, Halcyon House,
and innumerable other angels , I am pleased to be finishing this
chapter…[and have] accepted a job offer in my chosen profession.
Words cannot suffice my appreciation to all that helped me. The
tears in my eyes right now are..my heart’s [way of] saying thank