Jeff Hougland is a proud veteran of the Vietnam War. After returning home and working as the assistant fire chief in Jenks and the training fire chief in Owasso, Jeff fell on hard times about ten years ago.
“I was pretty much homeless, my wife passed away about five years ago, and that’s when things really got bad,” he says.
Life got even worse when Jeff fell off of a truck at work and broke his arm. “That was pretty much the beginning of the end,” Jeff explains, “I lost everything after that.”
Jeff lost his house and his car, and was staying with friends and family until he began to lose faith that life was going to get better. Fortunately, he heard about BRRX4Vets, a rapid rehousing service of the Community Service Council, and contacted them for help.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Jeff said. “I was one of those types of guys that, ever since I got back from Vietnam, I was bitter, and I thought nobody was there for us, nobody wants to help us, and I’ve had that attitude for 40 years. Then, I met Laura at BRRX4Vets, and she assured me that ‘we’re here for you, we’re here to help you, and we can get things going for you.’ That was the first time I’d heard that in 40 years.”
Because of BRRX4Vets, Jeff was able to find housing and work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to receive assistance, effectively getting his life back on track.
“I was sleeping on a friend’s couch with one bag full of clothes,” Jeff says. “But then I found BRRX4Vets and they helped me find stability.”
Jeff believes that his experience with BRRX4Vets has helped him gain a new outlook on life.
“This program has reaffirmed my faith in people,” Jeff says.