Dwight Nembhard

Meet Dwight Nembhard, a 59-year-old entrepreneur originally from New York, whose journey has been one of resilience, determination, and hope. As he prepares to celebrate his 60th birthday in June, Dwight reflects on the challenges he has faced and the journey that led him to Paca House, our permanent supported housing program for adults in need in Baltimore.

In 2010, Dwight made the bold decision to relocate to Baltimore for real estate investment and development opportunities, drawn by the presence of family in the area. With the heart, mind, and spirit of an entrepreneur, he embarked on this new chapter of his life, ready to seize opportunities and create a better future.

However, despite his best efforts, Dwight encountered setbacks along the way. Business deals turned sour, and financial difficulties led to homelessness.

“I wound up losing my house because I didn’t have any income. And then I got involved with some investors… But in the end, things didn’t go as planned, and I found myself without a place to call home.”

After spending some time in a local shelter, Dwight was introduced to Volunteers of America and provided his own apartment at Paca House in 2019.

“Before discovering Paca House, I was offered transitional housing options that seemed promising at first glance but ultimately posed significant risks to my safety and security. A wonderful case manager at the shelter played a pivotal role in guiding me towards Paca House, where I found not just a room, but a supportive community dedicated to helping me rebuild my life.”

Unlike other housing options, Paca House offered more than just shelter. It provided invaluable support and resources essential for sustainable living. Without fully understanding the concept of supportive housing, Dwight initially underestimated the value of what Paca House had to offer. However, as he settled in and witnessed the genuine care and assistance provided by the staff, I began to realize the true significance of this program.

“When I saw Paca House, I knew it was the right place for me. The staff were welcoming, and I felt safe and supported.”

Since moving to Paca House, Dwight has remained focused working where he can, including for a construction company, while also trying restart his business.

“I stayed focused on what I was doing, determined to get through it,” he shares. I took on odd jobs, including working with a construction company, just to stay busy and keep a few dollars in my pocket.”

Today, Dwight is grateful for the opportunity to call Paca House home. He speaks highly of the staff and their dedication to supporting residents like himself. With spring on the horizon and his 60th birthday approaching, Dwight is filled with optimism and has big dreams for the future.

“I want to support Paca House in any way I can because I believe in what they’re doing,” he says. “I don’t want this program to go away. The staff here are phenomenal, and they deserve all the recognition.”

“Paca House is more than just a place to stay; it’s a lifeline for individuals like myself who are striving to overcome homelessness and rebuild their lives. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this community, and I hope to one day transition into more permanent housing, thanks to the foundation of support and stability provided by Paca House”

As Dwight continues on his journey, his story serves as a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of community support in overcoming life’s challenges. From homelessness to hope, Dwight’s story is one of courage, perseverance, and the unwavering belief in a brighter tomorrow.

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