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MAN IN A BOX CHRONICLES: Introvert to College Speaker- Larry’s Story

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Man in a Box
Kelly Kelly
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Recently, we had the opportunity to talk to a few people who have been through the process at The Salvation Army and are back in society as functioning members.

The people were incredible, their humbleness and gratitude for us having them come tell their story and their incredible perseverance when things were at their worse.

Larry stuck out in my head, probably because he was so friendly despite telling us that just a year ago he was afraid to simply have a conversation with people let alone carry on an interview.

Larry had a normal life, a house, a job, all the things that we have that leads to a very standard life.

Tragedy struck his life when both of his parents died within a short time of the other and Larry was left to pick up the pieces of his life. He turned to alcohol to calm the hurt and ending up spending his earnings and savings on his addiction.

After a short time, Larry lost electricity and heat in his apartment. It wasn’t until his sister came and took him from his home that he realized he needed help.

Larry’s sister took him to the Salvation Army branch in the South Side of Pittsburgh where he was transferred to Harbor Light on the North Side. The Salvation Army has many different branches and resources they use to help the people who come to them and Harbor Light focuses on mental health.

Harbor Light helped Larry become the man he once was, the man he wanted to be. They assisted Larry with his personal issues and changed him from an introvert to a speaker at Duquesne University.

Yes, you heard me correctly … the man who couldn’t hold a conversation with one person spoke in front of a huge classroom of pharmacy students and did a GREAT job.

Now Larry is a fun-loving man who has a new appreciation for life and the people he was scared of for many years. Just another success story coming from The Salvation Army and their selfless teachings.


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