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It had been only ten days since Jerome got out of jail. He had served a twelve-year sentence.
This slender, forty-two-year-old man lives in Montreal's Plateau?Mont-Roy borough, located in the city's central district. Although he has family, he doesn't want to bother anyone until his life has improved.
When we met Jerome on this day, he had wandered the streets, asking people for money to take the subway and buy clothing. Ultimately, he wanted to find a job. Sadly, as is customary, many passers-by ignore his requests. Might some people think he's simply addicted to begging for money? ?Finding a job after jail time is hard,? Jerome told us, adding that he slept in foster homes. ?I'll find an apartment when I have found work,? he assured us.
As if homelessness and begging for money weren't enough, we learned that Jerome was HIV positive. Despite his illness, he's still hoping for a better life.
To lend Jerome a hand, he asked if we could give him our contact information. He reciprocated. We assured him we would get in touch with him as soon as the F.I.S.H. Foundation completed its building construction. Like most people we met, Jerome wanted us to take photos of him after describing the We Are Building More than Stories campaign. But after a few photo shoots, Jerome became uncomfortable and asked us not to take any more pictures.
You now know part of Jerome's story. We are asking YOU, the citizens around the world, to tell us the end of his story. Kindly donate $1, $2, $5, $8, $10, or more?any amount you can?to allow F.I.S.H. Foundation to provide suitable housing, mental health, food, clothing, education, and employment services for the homeless and other underprivileged people. Let's help them reintegrate into society to become responsible citizens like you and me.
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is officially auditing this fundraising campaign.