My name is Clint Eagen and I lived at Liberty Manor for a short time. I have been clean for 3 years now and have two of my children living with me in have a stable and happy life. When I had nowhere to go Connie and Liberty Manor for Veterans took me in and gave me a chance, and although my journey was not a smooth one, without their help, I'm not sure it would have been a successful one. Thank You, I'll never forget the help I was given.
This organization does "fantastical" things that are nothing but positive. If something positive happens to me...something positive will probably happen to someone else. Positive breeds in the positive. It's a good start to a positive future.
I am proud to have honorably served our Country for 11 years. I have accomplished a few things in my life, but I believe I am nowhere near finished yet. I had no idea that my body would feel they way it started to feel about five years ago from all the abuse I put it through as a younger man. I was young and aggressive…I loved the physical challenges of being an ARMY RANGER. I never thought I would also own a business for over a decade either. But most of ALL, I never thought I would find myself homeless. I’m a not going to tell you a sob story! I want to convey to anyone who reads this that this is about hope!
I learned of Liberty Manor for Veterans from my church years before I came to them for help. Members from my church have held cookouts for the Veterans at Liberty Manor and found it fulfilling to do so…the church members were actually bragging about it. When I found myself in a homeless state, I did my best to keep my wits about me and find a solution. I was able to recall my friend’s pleasant experience at Liberty Manor. Quite frankly all it took was for me to make one simple phone call!
After speaking to Connie Blaney and Jeff Luddeke, the wheels of hope went into full gear. As fast as I was homeless, ever faster I had a new home where I could think about what got me into this position in the first place. I was provided everything I needed. I found myself in a safe home with a warm bed, all the food I could cook and eat, cable TV, washer and dryer and most of all, fellow Veterans Brothers that Ms. Blaney had rescued as well.
I was living at the womens program, Afena House and moved here due to a recommended by a fellow veteran named Tony who was a former resident. I was introduced to Jeff and Connie while a BBQ was going on at Liberty Manor. They took me in and made me feel at home.
I was a homeless veteran and asked a church for help, they called Liberty Manor, and they picked me up within half an hour. They were nso kind and welcoming. I now have a chance to get my life back. I can now receive rent assistance as well. Today, a veterans group brought loads of food and other things for us.
I was a former resident of Liberty Manor for Veterans, Inc.
I was standing in line at the Salvation Army shelter when Connie Blaney learned that I was an honorably discharged veteran and walked up to me, told me about Liberty Manor. I left with her that day and moved into Liberty Manor for Veterans - thank God!
I moved to Liberty Manor from two different shelters, Liberty Manor truly feels like a home. I feel grateful to be here. I feel the contentment of the others residents here. I trust the others that reside here.
I arrived at Liberty Manor from a program called New Beginnings. I was referred to Liberty Manor by Leroy Milliage with Hillsborough County Health and Social Services. When I first saw Liberty Manor, I was hooked! We are well fed and the holidasys seem much more like Christmas! I'm well pleased - thanks.
As a result of the staff and other residents, I feel better aboiut myself.
I was recently homeless and seeking help when Hillsborough County Homeless Recovery referrred me to Liberty Manor for Veterans. I met Connie Blaney who offered me a place to stay in a matter of hours. I enjoy the environment between staff and residents because everyone is pretty close. Staff have been extremely helpful and understanding.
I came to Liberty Manor for Veterans and they found employment for me in five days! They offered me shelter, food and clothing. They really seem to care for veterans when other organizations just talk about helping us. We attended a party to honor veterans the second day I was there. I havent felt so welcome in years.
I was a homeless Vietnam vet. I was taken in by Liberty Manor. I was provided food, shelter and support for finding a job and counseling about the benefits available to me. (Entered from paper review by GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)
I was homeless undergoing chemo. I was accepted, no questions asked, after referral by VA. Homeless receiving organization (Entered from paper review by GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)
I have been a resident of Liberty Manor for over two years. I owe over four thousand dollars in rent because I am disabled and unable to work. Liberty Manor has never approached me about rent and has been very benevolent during this period when I would otherwise be homeless. Liberty Manor has also assisted me with a VA pension as I am an honorably discharged veteran. (Entered from a paper review on 9/7/10 by GNP staff on behalf of reviewer)
I arrived at Liberty Manor because the living conditions where I lived were deplorable. I was encouraged by a resident, Jim Brennan, to check it out. I was more than pleased with the property, how well maintained the rooms were and the friendly staff. Liberty Manor has been more than a place to live - it has become a home with family members. (Entered from a paper review on 9/7/10 by GNP staff on behalf of reviewer)
I arrived at Liberty Manor because the living conditions where I lived were deplorable. I was encouraged by a resident Jim Brennan to check it out. I was more than pleased with the property, how well maintained the rooms were and the friendly staff. Liberty Manor has been more than a place to live - it has become a home with family members. (Entered from a paper review on 9/7/10 by GNP staff on behalf of reviewer)
My husband David and I arrived penniless and downtrodden. We had been staying in a shelter where the conditions were deplorable. I met representatives of Liberty Manor who stated their place would be a huge upgrade. We had no money to offer and they accept us with open arms. We still haven't been able to pay but they have treated us like family. Connie has worked ambitiously to procure employment for us and things are starting to look more positive. The living conditions are wonderful! (Entered from a paper review on 9/8/10 by GNP staff on behalf of reviewer)
I have resided at Liberty Manor for Veterans for four years. I am convinced that Liberty Manor does more for the veteran community than any organization I have ever heard of.
Almost two months ago Rodney and I arrived in Florida looking for a fresh start after our own personal economic collapse in North Carolina. Tired and broke, we ended up at a local shelter where upon check-in at 4 pm daily we were no longer able to acknowledge each other's existence. Men and women are not allowed to communicated with each other. Additionally, each day as we headed out we had to carry all of our belongings with us making our job search difficult at best. After a week, we were becoming very discouraged and frustrated. Then a miracle walked into our lives. Her name is Connie Blaney. She operates several transitional homes for veterans and homeless individuals. We were allowed to be a couple again. To be there for each other, help each other, comfort each other, feel normal again. Even if that were the extent of Connie's involvement it would be amazing enough. But, there is so much more. Connie provides empowerment and encouragement to be all you can. She provides job leads, resources, referrals, respect, comfort, laughter, leisure, safety and much much more expecting only that you apply yourself to be the best you can be based on each individual's own unique capabilities. Individually, I believe in addition to the love, the genuine caring that Connie provides is key. No one else offers that. Rodney now has a wonderful full time job in the profession he loves. I am getting the medical attention I need all while being allowed to be ourselves and be a couple. Thank you Connie! (review entered by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review on behalf of reviewer)
Connie has help with us getting jobs now I, work at International Ship Repair in Tampa, FL. Even when my car brock down, Connie and Jim help me get the car fix so I can keep getting to work on time. Most people don't help to be helping. Connie help us to see us do better. Maybe I can help some people one day. Thank you, Connie Blaney