This time last year, life was much different for 39-year old Quincy. For starters, he had housing. He was also employed and had a vehicle. Little did he know that just four months later, it would all be gone.
When Quincy relocated to Charlotte from California last year, he and a friend had big plans of starting a gospel music production company. The opportunity appeared to be promising at first, but soon after moving to the Queen City, things began to unravel. The production company folded and Quincy’s world was soon turned upside down.
“I got in over my head financially,” he says.
Working as a commercial driver, Quincy had recently purchased a brand new car, a 2014 Chrysler 300. Before his move to North Carolina, his Commercial Driver’s License expired. Quincy began driving Uber and Lyft to make ends meet. He had fallen behind on his car payments, so the bank started garnishing his wages. He says they were taking about $500 a week. In November of 2015, he totaled the vehicle and spent the next few months loaning vehicles from friends and family. He no longer had housing and was living out of the cars he was borrowing.
“Soon that ended,” he says. “Of course they wanted me to pay to borrow their cars and it got to a point where I could no longer afford it.”
By February of this year, Quincy found himself completely homeless. After spending the better part of the last decade leading a vegetarian then vegan lifestyle, he also had to make changes to his diet. He could no longer afford the luxury of eating the healthier foods he preferred, and it took a toll on his body. He gained more weight, and is now on a quest to lose 150 pounds.
Quincy joined the RunningWorks family in May. He began running with the team at the Urban Ministry Center. Like most beginning runners, he started out running a little and walking a lot. Now he’s running a lot and walking a little. In his first month, Quincy participated in multiple races and also ran with the team on National Running Day, contributing several miles to the 590 collective miles ran during RunningWorks’ 12-Hour Run To End Homelessness on June 1.
“When I lost everything I also lost my way a little,” says Quincy. “RunningWorks heeled me to get my motivation back. it helped me to restore my confidence in myself.”
Since joining RunningWorks, Quincy has changed his eating habits in addition to committing to regular exercise. He’s already lost 25 pounds and counting! We could not be more proud of him for his determination to succeed in his efforts to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle despite his circumstances.
In fact, upon meeting Quincy one would have no idea that he’s dealing with the pressures of being homeless. He always has a positive attitude, a kind word to say and a smile on his face. When forced to cope with similar circumstances, some people become bitter, but not Quincy. He remains hopeful. Instead of blaming others for his circumstances, he accepts responsibility and has learned a great deal from his financial mistakes. He also remains grateful to those who have helped him along the way.
“My friends were there for me,” he says. “They would send me money and help out whenever they could.”
When asked how he manages to keep a positive attitude in the midst of such turmoil, Quincy’s answer is simple.
“It’s all my faith in God,” he says. “I figured he is letting me go through this for a reason.”
Quincy continues to attend RunningWorks, applying the values he’s accrued through sport to his everyday life – working to achieve his goals for housing, health and employment. He’s already making great strides in his goals for health – eating right, exercising regularly and watching his weight. Since joining the program he’s lost 40 pounds (25 in the first six weeks). With so much self-determination and optimistic outlook on life, there is no doubt Quincy will achieve his goals in other areas as well.