June 10, 2014 1:22 pm
Updated: June 11, 2014 6:48 am

Facing Homelessness: How a Winnipegger hit the streets and came back


WATCH Part 1: Al Wiebe’s descent into depression and homelessness.

WINNIPEG – Al Wiebe once had a successful and well-paying job as an advertising executive. But after losing his job, the 59-year-old spiralled into a paralyzing depression.

While in the grips of mental illness, Wiebe spent all his savings and ended up living in an abandoned Mercedes.

After seven months of isolation and no place to call home, Wiebe decided to end it all.

But after Wiebe hit rock bottom, his life took a dramatic turn. Over the course of several months, he sought help, entered a shelter and, eventually, found his own housing.

Wiebe beat the odds and came out on top. He’s now a social worker and runs a support group for those who were once homeless and those who are currently homeless.

Watch his full story as he talks about his downward spiral, revisits the car where he spent his worst months and talks about his turnaround.

WATCH Part 2: Al Wiebe revisits the car where he lived and talks about how he pulled himself out of homelessness.

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