Terri knows a little about karma. After being an independent businessman, accused of theft, taking advantage of customers, and facing prosecution, he suffered two strokes due to stress which caused high blood pressure, leaving him, as he says, “at about a second grade level of communication.” He lost everything. Now without his business, his income, savings, and to some extent, his family, he had to start over. Looking for a job presented some problems because of his notoriety, but eventually he landed a day labor position, which led to handyman work at a local business.
Everyone deserves a second chance, and that is exactly what he got. He worked hard to do the best job he could, whether that was shoveling snow, painting, raking leaves, or picking up trash. His motto is “You make it a great day,” meaning that you are responsible for your actions, happiness, and attitude. Terri says, “I have a good attitude. I’ve turned it all around.”
Terri began coming to Marian House to eat several years ago to save money. He likes the food, especially the salads. He says his mom always said to eat well and he tells his mom that the food at Marian House is better than a restaurant. He gets two different salads every day. He also likes to tease some of the other patrons by telling them that he’ll “buy them lunch.” He likes the atmosphere at Marian House: he also likes to see the occasional Nun there at the table, and he says the volunteers are “good people!”
Recently, Terri had a medical issue that caused him to miss work for a few weeks while he was hospitalized. It was fairly serious and he came to the Marian House to get help from the SET Clinic with the follow-up care, especially with changing the bandages. He says, “The doctors really care. I got to see the older doctor. He took the wound apart and inspected it, then put it back together. It wasn’t healing properly, so he told me to come back on Monday. My Medicaid is messed up, so even though the hospital gave me a prescription, I couldn’t get if filled because it was so expensive. The doctor at the clinic gave me a prescription to help with infection, and told me to take it every day. They took better care of me in the one day at the clinic then they did in the hospital, and I was there for 10 days! I’m a diabetic, so I have to be careful.”
Terri continued to rave about the SET Clinic and the staff, “It’s obvious that the doctors want to be there. They want to help.”
“Sometimes I use the clothing closet at the Marian House for a shirt of a pair of pants or some hygiene items, but mainly I use the Marin House for food,” said Terri. He has a limited income so he doesn’t use a lot of the services, but he does take advantage of those that help him remain self-sufficient. He says that he borrowed his parent’s motor home and sleeps there, so most of his needs are met.
Terri’s days are filled with work that he enjoys and people he likes to work with. He enjoys the people he meets at Marian House and the volunteers he encounters, and clearly, he is grateful to the medical staff at the SET Clinic for all the assistance he has received through is medical ordeal. Occasionally gets to see his children and grandchildren, or visit his siblings and mother who live in northern Colorado. For now, he has what he needs, and life is good.
Terri says he just wanted to stop by and tell someone at Catholic Charities, “Thank-You,” for the services he received at Marian House and from the SET Clinic. “You make it a good day!”