Bryant – New Hope Housing at Perry
Heaven spelled backwards is Nevaeh. And Miss Nevaeh got straight A’s in the 1st grade this year – with a Certificate of Achievement in Math and Science! Her success in school is due in part to the quality time she spends with her father, Mr. Bryant, a resident of New Hope Housing’s Perry community. Several days a week after school, Nevaeh visits her father at Perry, where Bryant has lived since 2014 and found his own success. They study together; Bryant helps her complete her homework assignments; they play games and experience quality time.
New Hope staff and residents often see Bryant and his daughter proudly walking together the four blocks from the school bus stop to his home at Perry. It is a familiar walk for Bryant, who was born in the OST/South Union neighborhood and attended high school at Jack Yates before graduating from Hastings High. Now, it is a road marked with reconnection.
After careers in telemarketing and working as a trained chef, Bryant experienced an illness that ultimately led him to become homeless and lose connection with his family. It was the disabling illness and subsequent hospitalizations that kept him on the streets for nearly four dark years. One cold night, Bryant was robbed of his belongings as he slept. Feeling hopeless and lost, he visited a local social service agency the very next morning and met with a case manager. After telling his story of living on the streets with a chronic health condition, he was surprised to learn that he qualified for a program that provides housing and access to the medical services he desperately needed.
Bryant and Nevaeh were not immediately reunited when he moved into Perry. It took two years of dedicated work before he felt stable enough to resume steady contact with Nevaeh and her mother. Today, Nevaeh is a regular guest at Perry and looks forward to spending more quality time with her father over the summer holiday.