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A Journey from Homelessness to Humility: Mr. Mixson’s Inspiring Story

By February 2, 2024No Comments

In the heart of Austin, Texas, a success story is unfolding as Mr. Mixson, a recently housed client of Front Steps within the SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families) program, shares his journey from the depths of homelessness to newfound hope and stability. His narrative, marked by challenges and resilience, serves as a testament to the transformative power of determination and support.

Mr. Mixson’s journey into homelessness began with his battle against addiction to cocaine while he was transitioning from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to San Antonio, Texas. It was during this tumultuous time that he discovered his veteran benefits through VA temporary housing, offering him a lifeline for the next year and a half. However, the fickle nature of life took him to Houston, where he spent a couple of years before returning to Philadelphia to be with his ailing father, who was battling cancer.

Tragedy struck as Mr. Mixson faced eviction during his time in Philadelphia, leaving him uncertain about his future. Faced with limited options, he made the decision to move to Austin, Texas, where he had family who graciously offered him temporary shelter. It was during this period, about a year ago, that he decided to pursue his dream of bringing a taste of Philadelphia to Austin by starting a Philly cheesesteak food cart.

Choosing not to be reliant on others, Mr. Mixson found himself at the ARCH in downtown Austin, where he resided for 8 to 9 months. His determination to transition from temporary to permanent housing became his primary goal, and this is where his incredible case manager, Ana, stepped in.

Ana worked tirelessly to find Mr. Mixson suitable housing, accomplishing the task in a remarkable 1.5 months. This achievement marked a turning point in Mr. Mixson’s life, giving him the foundation he needed to rebuild and thrive.

One of his proudest accomplishments during this journey was successfully transferring his Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license from Philadelphia to Austin. Mr. Mixson, recognizing the significance of his achievement, now aims to inspire others in the community, especially fellow veterans experiencing homelessness. He emphasizes,

“There is help available if you are willing to make the sacrifice; great things will happen.”

He further underscores the importance of humility, stating,

“Humility is the key to creating change.”

Reflecting on his experience, Mr. Mixson shares one of the most valuable lessons he learned – the importance of patience. He acknowledges that slowing down and allowing the processes to unfold is not only crucial in finding housing but also applicable to life in general.

As Mr. Mixson embarks on this new chapter of stability and self-reliance, his story serves as a beacon of hope for others facing homelessness. Through determination, support, and a commitment to positive change, he has not only secured permanent housing but also turned his dreams into reality. Mr. Mixson’s journey underscores the transformative impact of programs like SSVF and the unwavering dedication of individuals like his case manager, Ana, who make success stories like his possible.