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 »

Shelters

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Bruce, 1980-

“Each time I stayed at a shelter something negative happens. Either something was stolen from me, or somebody was offering drugs or alcohol, or there was violence. The main purpose of a shelter is to help you get back on your feet, a place to stay and feel secure. . .”

One of my friends was recently stubbed in a shelter. He happened to walk into an inmate, bumped into him by accident, says, ‘excuse me, sorry for bumping into you’, and that doesn’t matter because the prison inmate started fighting him. My friend was defending him life, he got stabbed several times. Just imagine if you have a family member or a friend Read more »

She Knows it All

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Valena, 1984-

“I’m not really a people’s person. I only hang out with one or two people, cuz a lot of times, too many people is too much information.”

I’m an Aries, I’ve been in the Bay Area for 14 years. I’ve got four kids: two boys, two girls. I have a dog and a pet mouse. I’m on the streets and off of drugs, I’m on the streets cuz I helped another homeless person out. So, lesson learned: Read more »