De Novo Stories

The Journey Has Just Begun



David experienced homelessness very quickly. He was acting as caregiver for his father who was facing a terminal illness. When his father passed away, the homeowners gave David only two weeks to gather his belongings and leave the house. His name was not on the lease and he had no recourse.

David slept in his car for two weeks and then sought refuge at Haven for Hope. He is an experienced electrician and began doing contract work immediately while acclimating to life on the Haven campus. Larger jobs began to appear but David was missing some basic tools that an electrician is expected to have. De Novo was happy to buy David what he needed to qualify for higher paying and more stable employment. We also helped with a cell phone that allowed him to be easily contacted for work purposes and replaced a couple of tires on his car. It was easy to see where David was headed. Not only did he crave self-sufficiency, he was hesitant to accept our assistance. He told me “No one has EVER given me help. I don’t know how to say anything but Thank You.”

Not only is David working fulltime at a well-paying job, he is preparing to resume his college education! He has the determination and grit to get it done! De Novo is proud that our small gifts have made such a huge difference in his life.

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Why De Novo?

De Novo of San Antonio is helping the marginalized and homeless of San Antonio achieve their goals of self-sufficiency. Where there is anxiety and fragility, De Novo wants to bring security and stability.

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