A homeless man’s life was changed when he moved in with a couple in the suburbs.
Kevin Swayzie was born with a urea cycle disorder, which is linked to brain damage and learning disabilities – making it difficult to navigate life on his own.
The 32-year-old had a difficult home life. His mother was mentally ill, and he never knew his father. His stepfather was an alcoholic, and physically abusive. They have since passed away.
According to CBC, Swayzie moved out when he was 20-years-old, but his life only got worse.
Swayzie would spend his monthly government cheque at a dive bar in Calgary, Canada, and on drugs like pot, cocaine, acid, meth and ecstasy, until his money ran out.
He was also known to the police, as there were warrants out for his arrest for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and theft.
"It was terrible," Swayzie said. "I found [living on the streets] was too hard for me."
All of Swayzie’s attempts to get clean failed, until he finally sought help from Alberta Health Services. He was put in a program that finds families who are willing to open up their homes to people who suffer from developmental disabilities.