I used to dread it when people at school asked me where I live or if we could hang out at my place. I would try to give my schoolmates a general response, maybe the name of a neighborhood, but they always pressed for more. I’ve been homeless on and off for most of my life. Read more here.
A warm smile, a safe haven and a hearty meal. Isaac Barentine and Will Pruit know the importance of all three – especially for someone who’s homeless. “Having a good meal means you’ve got one less thing to worry about that day. It gives you stability and a sense of hope,” said Will. Read more. Continue reading →
Passers-by mainly ignore me, a homeless woman sitting on the sidewalk or a bench. The people who do speak to me are either curious, or harpies who give me unsolicited and useless advice, or the more irritable who chastise me. I try to explain by example that there are good, decent, employable but destitute people […] Continue reading →
Paul is a civil engineer in his fifities who lost his job in 2009 due to a down-sizing event at his company. For years he had worked successfully on many major construction projects that are well known throughout Central Florida. Read more. Continue reading →
Twelve years ago, Santos arrived in Central Florida from Puerto Rico. He had heard of a job opportunity and decided to pursue it. It never materialized. He quickly learned that being alone without resources in an unfamiliar city was not a comfortable situation to be in. Read more. Continue reading →
It all started during the 2010 holiday season when Alec Johnson, then 12, gave his parents a fairly lavish Christmas wish list. “I asked for an iPad, iPhone and MacBook.” He says his dad was surprised and said, “I would never buy that for you because all the other people on the street could never […] Continue reading →
I was born in Nigeria, and contrary to the prevalent view of Africa, I had a good life. My father was a high-ranking politician and my mother earned so much running a chicken farm that she out-earned my father. Read more here. Continue reading →
Andy Andrews is a New York Times best-selling author and speaker. He’s spoken in front of four U.S. presidents and Zig Ziglar described him as “the best speaker I have ever seen.” But he wasn’t always that way. In fact, he was homeless when he started his career. Read more here. Continue reading →