Finding Christianity

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Joshua, 1977-

“To me, it is not about hell and heaven, but ways to act and live on the planet, harmoniously with other people and still survive. It led me to find value in other things, other than the things I thought were valuable.”

I used to be the guy who said Jesus pretended and Mohamad was a thief. Talking ill of religion, and strongly against it. After my wife died, I started asking, ‘Why? Why? Why?’ Read more »

In Search of a Sanctuary

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Tona, 1992-

“I feel that the universe is taking care of me in merciful ways.”

I have always been looking for a sanctuary. A spot, my spot, where no one can mess with me. The first sanctuary was actually here, I had a place on College Ave. Fancy! $1,100 a month! And I had no money left after that, she laughs. Read more »

Pride, Joy, and Regrets

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Bruce, 1980-

“Even when I’m dancing, I’m entertaining somebody, I’m putting a smile on their face. Or if I’m cooking, and they’re enjoying my cooking, I also put a smile on their face.”

What am I most proud of? In my past, homeless or not, it was just helping others. I don’t know, but for some reason, what makes me happy is if I put a smile on someone else’s face. If they’re happy, I’m happy. I don’t know why I feel that way. If I have to sacrifice certain things of my own, Read more »

A Message

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Sean, 1978-

“You just gave those people a death sentence, and everyone is la-di-da about it; whatever, it’s not me. But you know what? You’re next. You’re next for something.”

Get these old people off the streets, get the handicaps off the streets. There’s no excuse, it’s a shame that we keep forgetting our history. All these people here, who have mental problems, talk to themselves because no one wanted to talk to them, so they started to talk to themselves. It is a form of isolationism. They isolated themselves: sometimes it is curable, sometimes it is not. We need to find ways for them.

Reagan closed half the psych wards, you remember? Read more »

Saving a Girl

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Larry, 1957-

“Being raised in a county by the Mississippi river, you had to be a good swimmer.”

‘Oh, my baby!’ I heard a woman holler. Thirty years ago, I was fishing on the Mississippi river. I heard the woman screamin’, Read more »