Johnee McKelvey was born in Berkeley to a Catholic family. His substance use started at the early age of ten years old, and continued throughout his whole life. Because he was able to start a family and buy a home, Johnee thought his addiction was under control.
His addiction led him to lose his wife, children, and house. Finding himself without a home, he began living in his truck. Once his truck was impounded, he was forced to live on the street. Wanting to get out of this cycle, Johnee inquired information about Mission Solano from his friends. Having not slept in a bed for over a year, he was eager to begin seeking a hand up.
Johnee’s stay at Mission Solano is the longest he’s been clean in his life. When others speak with him about the program, Johnee gives a five word question, “Are you willing to change?” He asks this knowing that if the answer is yes, this is the program for them.