By Miriam Raftery
July 2, 2017 (San Diego) – East County Magazine recently conducted an exclusive interview on KNSJ radio with John Ford about his experience leaving the Navy, becoming homeless in San Diego, and ultimately becoming a successful business entrepreneur all in one year.
You can hear the full interview by clicking the audio link, or scroll down for highlights of the interview plus pool safety tips to protect your children.
After he and his wife left the Navy after she suffered a traumatic ordeal. They were soon evicted from their home after the military delayed payments, Ford says, so they wound up living in their van across San Diego County, along with their large dog. That meant moving often to avoid violating laws preventing sleeping in a vehicle in the same location two nights in a row. Though quarters were tight, Ford says it was still bigger than the room he had living on the Navy ship.
With help from an interfaith community service that helps veterans, they found an apartment in Vista, but it was rundown and near a jail, raising safety concerns. Finally, Ford was able to start his own business franchise with Life Saver Pool Fence. (See his website.)
Soon he was able to obtain enough jobs to move his family to a better home. He now installs pool safety fences all over San Diego County, and is an advocate for pool safety.
Drowning is the number one cause of death In California for children under age five. The most pool drowning occur in the months of June and July. Over two-thirds of pool drowning occurred in a pool owned by the child’s family.
Steps you can take to protect your children include supervision, pool fencing, covers, alarms, safety drain covers, swimming lessons and CPR lessons. Read pool safety guidelines here for more details: http://www.poolfence.com/pool-safety-guide/