About Me

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Joshua, 1992-

“I am a musician, I am a dishwasher, I stay at a shelter”

Important People in My Life: people I sit with. You are important right now.

Positive Memory: receiving a scooter for Christmas from my older brother. Read more »

Frankie the Drunk

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James, 1962-

“Now, decades later, most of their names are lost to him, but he does remember his: Frank. Frankie the Drunk, they called him.”

It was his sixth year at ITT, the last year there, as it turned out. In fact, the last year working in one place for any extended length of time. Read more »

Arch-Nemeses

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Barbara*, 1939-

“They don’t argue, these bus drivers, they outloud you, they do. I don’t have the volume in my voice to out-scream them. Nonexistent skills of communication, they raise their voice and quit listening. It’s a living nightmare.”

“Ma’am, you can’t get the wheelchair on the bus,” they yell.

“How am I supposed to move around? I have bad knees and diabetes,” I sometimes try to fight back, but they don’t care. “If you are not in the chair, then you are not disabled and can’t bring it on the bus.” Read more »

HIV

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Barbara, 1948-

“You could feel the distance, and back then, in ’99, it was still a death sentence.”

She went and bought disinfectants that she ain’t bought in her life. That was my mom’s reaction when I reached out for a helping hand, ‘Mom, I got HIV.’ Read more »

My Family is Right Here

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Barbara, 1948-

“These are my real friends, they never let me go hungry. Before, I didn’t have that, but now I know where I can go.”

A person I admire? Sen-Sen, the lady who works at the store across the street. She didn’t give up on me. She opened me up to church. She would give me gifts on my birthday, I never got gifts for my birthday before. Read more »