Westerly, RI – On any given day in Rhode Island, there are more than 1,000 men, women, and children living in emergency shelters, cars, train stations, struggling simply to survive. Joe Glennon was one of them, until he turned his life around.

There was a time when Joe would call his car his home, a six pack not far from his side. At times, he would see suicide as perhaps his only way out, until a connection through music, a caring and dedicated executive at a homeless shelter helped Joe dig deep inside to find the spirit and determination that today is leading him toward graduation at the University of Connecticut next spring.

WUN’s Frank Prosntiz recently sat down with Joe to chat about his journey and the real-life challenges that are out there. Joe’s is just one story, as we continue to explore homelessness and affordable housing here on What’sUpNewp.

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