When Rosemary Griffin, a peer support specialist at the Sierra Vista Outreach Clinic, approached Jim Patterson, a homeless Veteran, and his dog Jack in the parking lot of a grocery store in March 2021, she had no idea that she was about to change his life forever. He had no idea that he would also change hers through a new friendship built on trust and camaraderie.

“I had an instinctive feeling he was a Veteran,” Griffin recalled. “His backpack was rolled similar to what you would see in a modern-day rucksack for the military. I asked him if he was homeless or if he needed assistance.”

Griffin, who is also a Veteran of the Army and National Guard, was spot on about her assumption.

“No maam, I’m not homeless,” Patterson said. “I’m traveling.”

Griffin asked Patterson if he had a place to stay for the night. She told him about available assistance and supportive services for Veterans who are in need of housing and food. (Continue reading here…)

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