Season for Sharing: Circle the City’s Medical Respite Center offers health care to homeless
A little over a year ago, James Martz found himself in a place he never thought he’d be: on the street, evicted because he couldn’t afford to pay the rent.
He began staying with people he knew and living on the streets when he couldn’t stay any longer. Martz, in his mid-60s, quickly saw the toll on his body when severe blisters started to form on his feet while he lived homeless for about a year.
Early in 2017, he was diagnosed with cancer. His doctor gave him three to nine months to live.
Nine months passed as Martz survived with little treatment, but he knew his luck wouldn’t last forever. In November, he decided to seek help, walking through the doors of Circle the City with little but the clothes on his back.