John Ripley

 

Janice Elliott Supportive Housing Tenant Award

John RipleyJohn Ripley is excited and humbled to receive the Janice Elliot Tenant Award. A modest man, John is quick to share the credit for his supportive housing success. "I’m receiving this award because of the support that I get from the people in my life," he explains.

John has been living in Danbury Pilots Supportive Housing for almost ten years now. During his time in supportive housing, John has volunteered for a number of social service organizations, including a year of service with Interfaith AIDS and three years driving clients for the Red Cross. John also made a trip to New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. "I’ve always been involved in some area of health and human services," notes John. "For a number of years I was an EMT and drove an ambulance - it was a tough job, but I loved it."

In his free time, John loves to watch foreign and independent films through and has a knack for restoring old furniture. But most importantly, John hopes to continue to develop the skills and qualifications to help those who need help the most. Continuing his work in health and human services, he hopes to work as a peer support specialist and share his experiences and knowledge with those who are struggling.