Tommie has learned a lot about himself and his disease since first coming to House of Ruth in 2008. After a short stint in jail where he was first told he was HIV positive, he contacted House of Ruth in search of a place to stay.
Through House of Ruth’s long list of support services, Tommie was taught about his disease and the medications he needed to stay healthy and active.
“It was very enlightening,” he said. “I learned to be a better person, to the people around me and to myself.”
Sadly, not long after coming to House of Ruth, Tommie was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer. Receiving that news just a few months after his HIV diagnosis could have been devastating if not for the support system Tommie now had.
“It was pretty difficult and if the House of Ruth didn’t exist, I honestly I have no idea where I’d be. They’ve never stopped caring for or helping me. I know I can go back anytime and talk to anyone there. That’s an indescribable feeling.”
Tommie’s gratitude is matched only by his desire to do good.
“God has me here for a reason—to help others,” he said. “I know that’s my purpose and I’m thankful for House of Ruth for giving me what I need to achieve that.