Substances abuse is common in our world today. We are in a constant battle between finding out who we are or hiding from the realities of life that cannot be escaped. In these situations, alcohol and substances are the safe havens for many, but when enough is enough, where do you go? Cornerstone Community Housing, Earl’s Place is a transitional housing program for formerly homeless men, looking for their second, even third chance to change their lives. To work with people who genuinely care and want to help them reach their goals of hope, help, home.
As we kick off 2021 and the new blog The Road Home we’d like to introduce you to Renard Nobles. Renard Noble has been employed with Cornerstone Community Housing as the live-in resident manager since October 2014. Renard is a former resident who completed Earl’s Place in July of 2013. He obtained employment working in a restaurant as a sous chef after completing culinary school and moved to permanent housing. Fortunately, for CCH Renard agreed to return as the resident manager. Renard provides support and knowledge to the residents. Giving back to help others, as he says “i will continue to work to help other suffering addicts learn that they must change or die.”
The Road Home Premiere on YouTube!
Earl's Place Residential Manager
Renard has been with CCH Baltimore for many years. When he arrived in 2011, he was in the program at Earl’s Place. At the age of 50, he was working to rebuild his life, his family and himself. CCH Baltimore gave him the opportunity to take ownership of his situation and hold himself accountable for his success. Renard is now the live-in resident manager at Earl’s Place.
Video Produced by Samuel “Sam” Gruss
Cornerstone Community Housing was fortunate to have been introduced to Samuel “Sam” Gruss, a young man in our US Navy. Originally from Fort Myers, Fl, Samuel “Sam” Gruss found a passion for video & film in high school at Cypress Lake Center for the Arts. Immediately after high school, in 2018 Sam enlisted in the United States Navy where he attended training at the Navy bootcamp in Great Lakes, IL. Once he finished training, he entered the Fleet in 2019. During his current studies at the school in Fort Meade, Sam’s assignment to do a short documentary film of a local nonprofit in the area brought him to Cornerstone Community Housing.
Marina, our volunteer marketing, and social media strategist, had a moment to meet with Sam and ask a few questions.
Q: How did you find CCH Baltimore?
Q: What made you decide to reach out to CCH Baltimore?
A: Personal connection to the mission and work that they do.
Q: Who did you connect with at CCH Baltimore?
A: Sheila, she is awesome. She also helped connect me with Renard who is the focus on my video.