A Firefighter

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Joshua, 1977-

“Trees would explode and ambers, the size of bowling balls, would come hurling off the side of the hills. The fire, so windy, like a tornado, still lifting things up and shooting them into the sky, and then they start falling down like meteors.”

For about a year and a half, while serving time, I worked as a firefighter. I was on the valley fire last year, in 2015. Read more »

Involuntary 2nd Degree Robbery

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Larry, 1957-

“After, I couldn’t get a job. Even jobs I could have got, I couldn’t no more. I couldn’t do nothing after that. People didn’t respect me because I was a robber.”

My biggest regret? Going to prison. I went into a restaurant with my nephew and another friend. All of a sudden, my nephew jumps, me and my friend, we was shocked. Read more »

Street Sheet

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William, 1963-

“Today, it is going to buy my medicine for my diabetes, my insulin. Without the Street I would not survive.”

An inspiration? Every day, I see people, friends, getting inside and working their way off the street. By recycling or selling paper, he points at the Street Sheet* magazine he sells. It gives me hope. Read more »

Family Ties

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Sean, 1977-

“I am also still close to my siblings, though we don’t talk as much as we probably should, but it’s not that we don’t love each other.”

My father passed away, unfortunately. My biggest regret is not spending more time with him, without a doubt. He always inspired me. Read more »

Karma & Tooton

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Valena, 1984-

“I like playing with my puppy, and playing with my mouse.”

I have a puppy, a German Shepard with a chow-chow. She has got a little pit in her, too. She’s two months old, her name is Karma. And I got a pet mouse, his name is Tooton. I got him from somebody on the streets. I like playing with my puppy, and playing with my mouse.


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