Once-Homeless Man Gets 'New Chance At Life'

Dave Paulson
November 26, 2012

Troy Bahnsen spent last Thanksgiving on the streets, as a former self-described “dope fiend” who’d been in and out of prison for most of his adult life. One year later, he has learned many life-changing lessons —and one of the most valuable is the fact that he’s not alone.

Bahnsen is one of 15 men in phase three of Room in the Inn’s Odyssey program, which offers transitional housing and education for the chronically homeless. His fellow members are fighting together to overcome years of addiction, criminal records and a lack of strong relationships.

“I have friends now, if I need somebody to talk to,” Bahnsen said. “That’s something new. I’ve never had that before.”

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