This is the third in a series of posts about the battle against poverty, your role in the battle, and some of your allies in the fight. See first post. See next post.
NAME: Sirois, M.
LOCATION: Roanoke, VA
PSYCH EVAL: Stress, anger
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 5’10”, brown hair, brown eyes
ABILITIES: Intuition, knowledge of electricity, resilience, mechanical skills
DETAILS OF CASE
Sirois served in the United States Navy for five years as an electrician. He was honorably discharged in February 2018. Living in Hampton Roads after discharge, he struggled to get ahead due to the high cost of living, which hindered his ability to find stable work and housing. Transitioning back to civilian life proved difficult due to the lack of supports outside of the military to aid him.
Sirois, his wife Rachel, and children XXXXXXXX and XXXXXXXX lived with extended family for a short time; they fled when the situation turned unsafe. The Siroises were homeless. Their belongings fit into the family truck and they were one month away from running out of gas money.
Sirois envisioned a better future for his family in Roanoke. They moved in November 2018 to pursue a fresh start. Teaming up with Agents XXXXXXXX and XXXXXXXX of TAP’s Veterans Services, Sirois found a house and a job that uses the skills that he picked up during his military service.
Sirois relies on his resilience, his desire to keep learning, and the support of his wife, and he has achieved successes over the past six months by harnessing these forces. He knows that the unimaginable can happen quickly, and giving up can be easy, but backing down is not an option when others rely on you. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Sirois will do anything to avoid returning to the sense of hopelessness that defined his family’s life for almost a year. His motivation is strong, and he applies a consistent devotion to improvement to ensure they won’t go through that again.
Sirois reports feeling lucky that he came across TAP. The Veterans Services showed his family that people care, reminded him of his capabilities, and gave him the chance to prove himself. He reported that when you feel that you have nothing, sometimes all you need is an opportunity.
Imperceptibility renders subjects impossible to discern. Like ghosts, subjects move about unseen among people who report sensing only a vague presence of the discouragement and desperation surrounding this plight. Subjects’ pleas for help go unheard and may be ignored, producing feelings of inadequacy and weakness. These feelings can create conflict in the psyche of the subject and, at times, cause the subject to surrender to the facelessness of life as a shadow.
Sirois has a job as an electrician. He and his family agree that they are in a much better place mentally and emotionally.