JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Sulzbacher Center will celebrate its 15th Year of the Transformations Program. Helping their homeless clients not just to a warm meal and a bed, but turning their lives back around.
In the past five years families have become the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the US. Sulzbacher is the only emergency shelter in our area for families where they won't be separated.
Michael Curry a former Marine served in Desert Storm. He went on to college after returning home and eventually got into the construction business. But following an injury and losing his job, his life took a desperate turn.
"We were running out of food and we started selling stuff in the house," said Curry.
He says he hit rock bottom, ended up homeless and spent one too many nights sleeping in his van. He had no choice but to turn to the Sulzbacher Center for help. His fiancé Shannon Martin had a seven month old on her hip at the time and she was pregnant.
"Very overwhelming," said Martin. "It was stressful and scary not knowing what's going to happen.
What happened at the center Curry says was his transformation. The Sulzbacher provided them with counseling, and other resources to help them get back on their feet.
Now just a few months after having to move his family in a shelter, Curry wears a warm smile. He has a job, a home, and above all else his family.
The Sulzbacher Transformations celebration is open to the public. It will be held Thursday night October 3, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.
The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $50. An anonymous donor has agreed to match that. So your donation of $50 will be doubled to $100. Money raised will go to programs that help our area homeless.