Sometimes a simple moment of compassion can capture the spirit of a more massive public health partnership. This story highlights the importance of remembering the most important partner in academic-community mental health endeavors, the patients. A large transitional housing complex was being built for homeless people in a peri-urban area south of San Francisco. Medical and psychiatric services were planned for inclusion onsite. Before its opening, needs assessments were done with homeless individuals in the area. This story gives a glimpse into the personal experience of one homeless man and reminds the reader why partnering for mental health is important. The improvement of resources for persons like the one described in the story is a motivating factor for academics and community mental health centers to work as partners.