The previous two parts of this series, readers provided a profile of the struggles those who face homelessness must fight through the eyes of one Lehigh Valley man. More often than not, homelessness is the consequence of other factors that have done much to derail a person’s life.
Louis Matyas, a Lehigh Valley resident, was a construction worker whose life changed forever when he was hit by a vehicle in March 2014.
Louis’s injuries were so severe, titanium implants were installed in his legs and collarbone. Additionally, he developed a post-concussive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. After spending a year in the hospital, Louis struggled to keep a job and a place to live. Louis currently has no full-time job and is facing homelessness.
One of Louis’s greatest allies in recent times has been his landlord, 66-year-old Jim Saville.
Louis Matyas has faced an uphill struggle to get back on his feet ever since a car accident changed his life two years ago.
Louis, who was born in Brooklyn, moved with his family to the Lehigh Valley in the early 1970s.
“I attended Shoemaker Elementary, Lower Macungie Middle School and graduated from Emmaus High School,” Louis said.
He also learned carpentry at LCTI during this time and worked as a steelworker when he graduated. Louis spent a period of time in the early 2000s working as a tow truck wincher and a recovery agent in North Carolina.
U.S. Senator Bob Casey visited the Lehigh Valley Health Network Aug. 5 to speak about the infant opioid dependency epidemic and a new bill which seeks to find solutions to the problem. Casey, a Democrat and the state’s senior senator, addressed a small audience of colleagues and press attendees on the recent accomplishments that have been made in the field. Throughout his address, Casey urged people to come together on the issue regardless of their political positions.
Salisbury Township’s school board gathered June 15 to honor retiring staff members. The retirees had served the school district for a combined total of over 103 years.
The retirees included Donna Buzdygon, Salisbury High School’s Spanish teacher, and Catherine Meholic, who taught Math at SHS. Buzdygon was with the district 22 years and Meholic over 27.
Lehigh County commissioners unanimously appointed Sarah Andrew, Roger Knisley and Mary Ann Villanti to the county's Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council.
They also reappointed Patricia Well-Fellman to the Lehigh County Children and Youth Services Advisory Board and Ron Beitler was appointed to the Sterling Raber Agricultural Land Preservation Board by unanimous vote.
A bill was introduced to approve the lease agreement with Northeast Revenue Service LLC.