Breaking the cycle of poverty isn't easy. That's why one organization prides itself on helping people before they fall into poverty.
One of those people is an American war hero here in the Triad. Just six months ago, Jerry Perry, a former Marine, found himself a disabled veteran on the brink of homelessness.
"At that point in my life I was about to lose everything, not having anywhere to stay, not having anyone to reach out to," Perry said. "A friend of mine told me about this organization and he said, 'they'll help you.'"
Perry was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2012.
He says he couldn't find work and was months behind on his rent. His disability checks from the VA had still not come in. He was about to have a mental breakdown when the organization, Modest Needs, stepped and helped.
"When I opened the envelope there was a check that had already been paid to my landlord, stating the amount, and tears just ran down my eyes," Perry said. "Just to be thankful that there are people out there who truly care about veterans."
Perry was helped through Modest Need's "Homecoming Heroes Grant" program. The non-profit says it's designed to "provide one time support for veterans returning from active duty" to make easier transitions into civilian life.
If you feel moved to help you can help donate to Modest Needs at modestneeds.org, or by calling (518) 489-2427.
WFMY News 2