"Every time I go through that door, it get a little better."
For most of his adulthood, Johnnie Shepherd struggled with a chemical addiction. "I had hit bottom," he said. He went to Central City Concern's Hooper Detox Center, where they helped him become drug-free and connected him with resources to find a job. Shepherd rents an apartment in one of the buildings operated by CCC.
"I was thankful and blessed to get this apartment," he said. "And I do everything I can to keep this apartment by working a job, saving my money, and being responsible for myself. But I have a lot of support from people to do these things. I am given an opportunity to work a job every day. Honest work for honest pay. Man, that is great."
Metro News featured Johnnie Shepherd in a special series about the Southwest Corridor Plan.