San Luis Obispo County

Former homeless man back on his feet after getting help from SLO hospital program

BOA grant helps homeless people in SLO

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Down and out on luck -- It's the story of one San Luis Obispo man who turned to French Hospital Medical Center's Homeless Patient Support Program for help. 

The program supports housing needs along with medical resources for people who are homeless.  The hospital recently secured $7,500 in funding from a Bank of America grant.

"That’s why they call me 'Miracle Mike' because it was nothing more, nothing less than a miracle,” said Mike Brock.

It's a miracle Brock thought could never happen to him. His life had taken a bad turn.

"I lost my whole family, including my son in the last decade, and I became quite a drunk,” he said. 

For months he was in and out of shelters trying to find a hot meal and a warm bed where he could.  Other times he was homeless and out on the streets.

"I was at French [Hospital] for a few days, I couldn’t walk and I couldn’t talk, nothing worse than being scared straight,” said Brock. 

Brock suffered a stroke earlier this year. It landed him at French Hospital Medical Care in San Luis Obispo where he says he met "his angel".

"Drew came along again, my friend, my angel, which he doesn’t want me to say,” said Brock. 

A friendship started to form between Brock and Drew Washer, a medical social worker. He helps patients like Brock who need to get back on their feet.

"Always look after Mike and check how he’s doing, it’s nice to do things together,” said Drew Washer, a medical social worker with French Hospital. 

That's when Brock said “the miracle” happened. A Bank of America grant helps fund the hospital’s Homeless Patient Support Program. It’s through this program that Brock secured a place to live.

"I'm able to walk, talk and live on my own,” he said. 

"When you house somebody it can stabilize their life both physically and socially,” said Washer. 

The homeless program provides people like Brock with stability. It helps patients with resources to manage their medical conditions.

Brock now has an apartment to call his own.

"What can I say, I’m stable, I’m comfortable, I’m content with my life, I like mike,” he said.

For more information about the program call 805-542-6496.

Watch the full report tonight at 5:00 and 6:00 on KCOY 12 Central Coast News.


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