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Ronnie had a successful career in recruitment until a battle with addiction turned his life upside down

Homelessness can affect people from all walks of life, including the Masonic community.

“My life was in turmoil, you couldn’t make it up – everything came tumbling down. I ended up homeless and living in a tent in a wood for eight months. I was battered and bruised, ostracised and alienated. My body deteriorated, my mind was in bits.

Everyone knew me as a high-flying individual, so when it came falling down I didn’t want to see anyone. In desperation, I moved into a rental property without any funds or deposit. I hoped I would be able to get some urgent support from the government, but it took so long that I faced being evicted.

Tony, a Visiting Volunteer from my Province, came to see me one evening. He got in touch with the MCF on my behalf and within 48 hours an emergency grant was paid into my landlord’s bank account to cover my deposit and rent.

The MCF gave me my life back. I needed family and support – not pills – and that’s where my brethren and the MCF came through. I am now Group Sales Operation Manager at a recruitment company and I’m doing okay! I am back on my feet again and I couldn’t have done it without the MCF – I’m eternally grateful.”

Watch the video to find out how our support saved Ronnie from homelessness.

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