a former homeless man fights against exclusion



France 3

Article written by

S. Salliou, C. Lemercier, H. Notat – France 3

France Televisions

He hasn’t forgotten where he came from. Jérôme Renault now devotes his life to the fight against exclusion, in Saint-Brieuc, in the Côtes-d’Armor, he who lived four years in the street.

It has been ten years since Jérôme Renault has been on the streets, and a year and a half since he has been helping homeless people to get by. “I know what it’s like to live on the streets, it’s something very, very hard. (…) For four years, I was afraid, I had terrible anxieties“, he says. It also took him four years to reintegrate socially. He was hired by Adalea, an association from Saint-Brieuc (Côtes-d’Armor) which fights against exclusion. His experience as a former homeless means that he knows the long road before he comes out.

When the daycare closes, he goes on marauding with a social worker. It happens to him to cross former companions of galley, when he himself was in the street in Saint-Brieuc. Before finding himself homeless, Jérôme Renault was a chef in great restaurants. He had an accident, he was in alcohol and in the streets. Before working in the social sector, he followed training, then he proposed his candidacy to the association that took him off the street, just to reciprocate, in a team that knew him well.

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