I just thank God that the resources here have taken care of me tremendously. I have no issues, as far as I’m concerned, but yet there is a lot to be done.
I think they are doing it in the wrong way. There are a lot of companies that actually build stuff for the homeless, like a jacket that turns into a sleeping bag, so they can live on their own but I understand that, and that’s totally cool- I mean I think that’s a great idea but I feel like that’s just kind of fueling the fire.
He beats em almost to death and then he pours gasoline or some combustible on em... And a lot of us aren’t worried, but the ones that are, I have women come to me that’ve known me a long time and they ask if they can sleep around my tent.
I think the only thing that kept me going was my faith, and even that got shaken sometimes real bad. Real bad, you know? But I’m a survivor. I never thought I’d live to be 60 years old.
You get stuck, you really get stuck.
We’re putting people in this collision course with other people and breaking those stereotypes that all homeless people are drunks and addicts. And maybe some of them are, maybe a lot of them are, but they’re also people. And they have stories, and they have goodness, and they have something that’s worth serving.
What got me out of it [homelessness] was not any services by the city or anything, it was love and patience of individuals who were there for me in a way that was responsive and their love wasn’t contingent on my behavior...
I like making people feel good, I like changing people’s environments. I come from a happy profession. I keep saying to myself ‘How much longer am I going to do this?’ It’s not particularly a happy profession, but am I making a change? Yes.
I worked through a lot of resentment, my dad was an alcoholic. He was a messy drunk. And so, seeing messy drunks now just brings back all the memories as a kid growing up in that kind of a household. And so I had to work through all of that and finally get to the point where every time I see a homeless person now this is just somebody who was a little kid, who went to school, had this kind of upbringing...
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