CONGRATULATIONS TO KIMATHI WITT, SHNNY 2017 TENANT OF THE YEAR

Kimathi Witt is a remarkable tenant, a successful student, an entrepreneur, a devoted parent and loving husband. But his journey has been filled with obstacles, including physical and emotional abuse by his parents, racial isolation in Suffolk County’s suburbs, homelessness, and the tragic loss of a loved one through suicide.  After many years cycling between homelessness and institutions, Kimathi fought for sobriety and stability in order to reconnect with his four-year old son.

With the support of Concern, Kimathi reunited with his son, married his girlfriend, and moved into an apartment where they could live as a family. He has completed one Master’s Degree and is actively working to complete his second.  He was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has started his own photography/videography business.

Not only is Kimathi a successful student and talented artist, he is also a supportive husband and father, assisting and advocating for his young son to get the extra support he needed in school and encouraging him to participate in school activities and supports. His son, who has been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, is now excelling in school.  He is no longer in resources classes and is achieving honor roll grades.

Kimathi is certain that supportive housing saved his life. An inspiration to tenants and staff, Kimathi was celebrated at the 2017 Supportive Housing Network of New York’s Annual Gala for his determination, growth and personal development in the face of extraordinary barriers.

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