|Published:||Jan 02, 2013 5:28 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 02, 2013 7:08 PM EST|
NAPLES, Fla. - Jeremy Cantrell spent close to a year without any form of ID.
"I think there's a matter of dignity attached to having your own identification," said Cantrell. "It's almost like a loss of identity to a certain respect."
Just last week, St. Matthew's House helped him get it back.
"We know that when somebody comes to us and they don't have any form of ID, they can't work and earn the money, so over the last year we've purchased 19 ID's for people," said Vann Ellison.
But a new state law will help the homeless get an ID at no cost.
"So that they can have proof of who they are for unemployment purposes or for transportation on greyhound buses or airlines," said Ellison.
In order to stay at St. Matthew's House, everyone is required to get an ID card, within the first week of arriving here.
"Its a really good, low cost way to dramatically impact and improve somebody's life," said Ellison.
Vann Ellison, President of St. Matthew's House, said most homeless people lose their ID's after being incarcerated or at the hospital. He said this law eliminates obstacles for those in need of assistance.
"It's a public form of assistance that allows them to get a job without penalizing them or treating them unfairly it's a really positive step for our community to be able to have this," said Ellison.
"I'm excited as everything about this. I think it's great," said Cantrell.