Harry Johnston's Story of Recovery

Harry C. Johnston was referred to the Concerted Care Foundation (CCF) by his therapist, and we first met him in 2016. At that time, Harry was jobless, homeless, and, to a degree, hopeless. Harry shared his story with us-: his addiction to cocaine and crack; getting fired from his job; and finding himself living in a shed, homeless (see the video). The "wow" factor for me was when Harry revealed that he was only a few credits shy of receiving his BA degree in English from East Carolina University, and how eager he was to get his life back on track. Soon after coming to CCF, Harry became involved in a number of Foundation projects, most recently becoming an active volunteer at Truth Organization for Youth (TOY), a non-profit organization that focuses on mentoring and tutoring. Harry volunteers approximately 40 hours each week, answering the phones, scheduling appointments for the director, tutoring students, setting up the summer programming schedule for TOY, and acting as a receptionist.

Additionally, Harry has been instrumental in CCF's Adopt-A-Lot Project, where he helps with the weekly maintenance of the 26ers Street Park. He also assists with the Project’s grant writing activities, which secure funds for the rejuvenation and restoration of the park. Moreover, he has also led the effort of canvassing and surveying the community in order to get support for this project. All of Harry's incredible work has been done as an unpaid volunteer.

While Harry is making good progress, he is still homeless and without a job. CCF has developed a plan of action for him:

1/ Vocational Training and Internship, and working on job applications over the next 6-months

2/ Sustained housing for 12 months

3/ Enrollment in local college/university (e.g., Loyola University)

4/ Continued support through counseling, treatment, and adherence to a treatment plan at Concerted Care Group

This solicitation is designed to bring awareness to the plight of this extraordinary man who just needs a fighting chance…and your help. Our goal is to raise $17,000 specifically on his behalf in order to provide him with critically needed housing, funds to complete his education, and clothing.
The Concerted Care Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and your donations are tax deductible. Please review the breakdown of funds below:

Fundraising Goal: $17,000

Fund Distribution:
Housing: $12,000 (includes utilities)
College Education: $4,500 (18 credits) to complete a B.S. in Journalism
Clothing: $500 for work and school

 Harry's housing needs are immediate. CCF would like to secure housing for Harry in July. 

CCF will directly manage all funds raised by this campaign, meaning Harry won’t have access to the money himself. CCF's website will provide updates on Harry's journey so that those who have supported him through their contributions can share in his story and its resolution!

Donations (17)

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  • Beverly Webster
    • $50 
    • 6 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $250 
    • 6 yrs
  • Jane Reiffe
    • $100 
    • 6 yrs
  • Ron Shelley
    • $130 
    • 6 yrs
  • Bill McKnight
    • $50 
    • 6 yrs
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Ronald Shelley
Baltimore, MD

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