Sep 11, 2012

Jake Maguire's picture Posted By Jake Maguire

Welcome Home, Tom!

In his mid-twenties, Tom was on a successful career path and engaged to the love of his life. Then, in 1981, a tragic car accident changed everything, killing his fiancée and claiming his left eye.  He began struggling with flashbacks that included haunting images of the car accident and soon turned to alcohol to quiet the memories. Eventually, he landed on the streets of Omaha, where he remained for the next 15 years.

Tom assumed he wouldn't make it past his 50th birthday, but recently, thanks to Heartland Family Service, one of the groups leading the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Omaha, NE, he moved into a permanent apartment and escaped homelessness for good. Today, he is in therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder and is talking about the car accident for the first time in 30 years. And while he may not have expected to live past 50, Tom's housing has helped him set a new goal: “I plan to make it all the way to 100," he says.

Welcome home, Tom!

(Omaha is also a member of the 2.5 Percent Club.)