Freddie's On the Job
| An Artistic Dream
I am diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and have
had substance abuse issues in the past. Since coming to Cornerstone I’m now able
to enjoy my existence, rather than trudge through it. I’m enjoying my family, my
sons--and I have a dog. I get out and do things. Go to dances and lots of
meetings. And I’ve made a host of friends, which is pretty new for me.
Rick is a U.S.
Veteran. He currently receives counseling
and permanent housing assistance through
Cornerstone Services in Joliet. Once
homeless, he now has a stable home and
friends he can turn to for support.
I was always quite a loner. I had really no choice but to be a loner because of
my illness. It alienated me from people. I really couldn’t function in social
settings. Today I’m able to have friends and go out and socialize, which is a
I was in The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. They asked me
what I was going to do once I was discharged and I had no idea. They suggested I
apply to Cornerstone in Joliet and they did the paperwork for me. I was accepted
into the program August 1, 2006. Since then I’ve worked through a lot of issues
and developed coping skills. With my medications stabilized, I can live a pretty
normal life now. I have a lot of support besides the counseling and
psychiatrist. I have a veteran’s group I attend and a case worker that is
One of the definite aspects of having the veterans’ group is because of the
similarities and being able to understand each other and help each other. I’ve
always had a place in my heart for other veterans. It’s one hand helping the
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