By GABRIELLA BOCK | Reporter
For “M,” who has been homeless for decades, it was a moment of extraordinary happiness and grace—thanks to Palisadians who filled his new home with treasures unthinkable since he last lived under his own roof in the 1980s.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, the group People Assisting the Homeless, together with local Realtors Amalfi Estates, pitched in to help M move into his new North Hollywood apartment.
In the days leading up to the move, Amalfi Estates called on members of the community to donate new and gently used items that could be used to fill up the former gentleman of the road’s living space.
Their request gathered a generous outpouring from Palisadians, with items such as televisions, rugs, art and decorative pieces, cleaning products, bed linens, bath towels, cookware, and small kitchen appliances arriving in time to make M’s first home in decades feel a lot more homey.
“The response we had was truly amazing and showed how by working as a team and reaching out to the community, we can really make a difference in someone’s life,” Jade Devot’e, executive assistant at Amalfi Estates, told the Palisadian-Post.
The newly housed man, who was all smiles on move-in day, began experiencing homelessness after being hurt on the job in 1987.
Devot’e told the Post that M had been passed around different services in an attempt to find an affordable housing option that matched his physical issues before finding PATH.
“Thanks to supporters like Amalfi Estates, PATH is proud to continue to provide permanent homes and supportive services for the most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles,” PATH said in an issued statement to the Post. “It is because of this support that we are confident in our ability to reach our goal of helping 10,000 people ‘Make it Home’ by 2020.”
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