Like so many residents of WHCHC’s buildings, Bill is happy to be here. Born in Serbia, he came to the United States as an exchange student in 1987, and settled in Sacramento with his sponsor family until 2001.
An industrious and gregarious person, Bill studied English in an ESL class. “I did not know a word of English when I arrived! I enrolled in college and was planning to study international business when a car accident changed my life.”
Bill was stopped at a red light, when a drunk driver hit him from
behind going 80 miles an hour. “I was in a coma for 16 hours,
and I lost my speech.” His neck and back were broken, and he
was in the hospital for six months. “Three times they called a
Serbian priest to give me last rites,” he says now with a smile.
“They told me I would be paralyzed for the rest of my life.”
Needless to say, Bill beat the odds and not only survived, but
thrives now, with full use of his speech and muscles. “I don’t
even have any headaches.” Having this apartment has changed my life once again.”
He moved down to Los Angeles after his recovery, but could only find an apartment in an unsafe area, until he got a call from WHCHC about an opening for the apartment, having been on the waiting list for six years.
“This apartment has given me a sense of security that had been missing in my life for many, many years. It has finally hit me, now that I am settling in, how very lucky I am to be able to live here in peace and quiet.”