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James Reynolds

As a young man James Reynolds served in the U.S. military—but by the time he turned 65 he was without a home or other resources.  When Mr. Reynolds came to New York Common Pantry for help in August of 2013 he was interviewed by our Case Manager, who also screened him through a resource eligibility calculator.  Mr. Reynolds learned that he was eligible to receive Veterans Benefits and other resources, but he needed a stable address where he could get his mail.  This service was set up for him through Project Dignity, and later Mr. Reynolds was escorted to the Social Security Office.  There he learned that, like many seniors, he was eligible for Social Security, and since that time he has been approved for benefits as a veteran of the armed services.   Crucially, he has also obtained housing. With these key supports Mr. Reynolds has a chance to live with a greater level of dignity and self-sufficiency.