With his new ID in hand, one man in Oregon is ready to get back into the workforce
COOS BAY, Ore. - With the help of the Devereux Center in Coos Bay, a homeless man is now taking critical steps in turning his life around.
Mitchell Adams moved to Oregon from Colorado in 2017 to pursue a job, but the opportunity fell through.
"I ended up on the street, and I lost all of my paperwork, like everything in my life that says anything about me," said Adams. "For all intents and purposes, I didn't exist."
He roamed the streets of Coos Bay for a while before contacting the Devereux Center for help.
"He can and said, 'Hey, I need to get my identification, but I don't have my birth certificate,'" said Tara Johnson, the Executive Director for the Devereux Center. "I was like, 'Oh, that's always a challenge, of course, because to get an ID you have to have a birth certificate, and to get a birth certificate you have to have an ID.'"
It was a big obstacle, but Johnson took on the challenge.
"We started out a year ago trying to help people get identification because we say that it's the missing component," said Johnson. "Without ID, they're on permanent hold."
After six long weeks of sending applications back and forth with the State of Illinois, Adams got his birth certificate and was able to get a State ID.
It was awesome -- without those documents, basically every door in your life is closed," said Adams.
Adams is not trying to find a job, working at a store in produce. In the meantime, he's helping out in the kitchen at the Devereux center.