For the past few weeks, we've given you a look at the homeless population in Acadiana. From how much the homeless can make begging for money, to the perception from the community. And now, we give you a look into the lives of three separate men.
It was ten in the morning when 44 year old Ronel Broussard asked our cameras this question "Could you look at me and tell I was homeless." said Broussard.
Broussard grew up in a Christian environment. But drugs caused him to lose his faith, home and health.
"Dealing drugs and got married so happened I lost my family behind it. Couldn't really provide for my children and just not being able to pay bills and stuff" said Broussard.
The next five years was split between living on and off with family members or sleeping in the streets.
"Feeling hopeless, that I would never change and get out of this situation being in an addiction, I had a drug addiction, just trying to beat the addiction." said Broussard.
Family members couldn't comprehend
"They couldn't understand how I turned out the way I turned out." said Broussard.
And Broussard says the community didn't exactly hand out a warm welcome to a homeless drug addict. "They would just give me this look like I was beneath them or something." said Broussard.
Lost, drug-dependent and hopeless. A car accident, five months ago changed his circumstances. The head-on collision left him physically disabled and oddly enough, sober and optimistic. It was then he found his way to the Opelousas Lighthouse Mission.
"I was basically living in a motel and my church family they knew of this place and they brought me here." said Broussard.
The transitional male homeless shelter is faith-based in Christianity. And is ruled by the idea that everyone must work to better their quality of life and the quality of the lives around them. In the past five years, Broussard has lost so much. But in the two months he's been here, something very precious has been returned.
"Being in this place, it's a place of hope. You fall and its hard to pick yourself back up but you have places like this that can help a man be a man again" said Broussard.