André Matthews has been thrown a few curveballs in life. When he was 5 years old, he left Jamaica and moved to Florida. He put himself through college, working full time and living in his car. Now he’s in Seattle, living at the Union Gospel Mission shelter and hunting for a job.
According to the 2019 Point in Time Count, 38 percent of folks experiencing homelessness in King County reported that they had been homeless for less than a year. André is part of Union Gospel Mission’s Link Program, which offers case management and a place to stay while looking for a job and saving for future housing.
“Sometimes life just throws you a curveball, and you need a place to get back up on your feet,” André says.