EUGENE, Ore. -- A Eugene man is getting a new lease on life after 12 years of being homeless.
Dean Stoneking became homeless when he was laid off after 22 years at his tech job in Portland.
Now, the Eugene Mission has helped him get back on his feet.
Stoneking has a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering.
After being laid off, he picked up odd jobs here and there and used his 401K money to live and buy a truck that he lived in. His truck later broke down and was eventually towed.
Stoneking said he became depressed and had no place to go. He wound up at the Eugene Mission, and three years ago they became a wellness center, rather than just a shelter.
"Instead of just being what it was when I first came here, just being a shelter and a soup kitchen, they are now working really hard with people to get them back on their feet and get them back out into the world," Stoneking said. "I am just so grateful for that."
Stoneking will now have a studio apartment of his own, where he will have two years to nail down some income and start paying his own way.
He said if anyone has any reservations about the mission, they should drop them and know that the mission will do everything in their power to help anyone get their life back on track.
Stoneking admits that he's still a bit overwhelmed by everything but said he's received continued support from staff at the Eugene Mission.
The mission said they will continue to help and support him for as long as he needs it.