Being homeless makes life very unpredictable and that unpredictability is scary, most then turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with the pain and hurt of being homeless. You apply for every job you can find, but have no leads, and have no phone to leave for them or home address. “What if I do find a job, I have a police record?” They worry that they won’t be hired if they don’t pass a background check or what to put on an application that asks if they have prior felonies or have even been convicted. These are the worries of someone who has lived a hard life and cannot see any way out of it. Many often turn to flying a sign at stoplights, on freeway passes and on corners of streets, scrapping, canning, stealing, or worst selling their body for money, often turning around and spending the money firstly on drugs and alcohol and whatever’s left on what they should have put all the money towards to begin with.
Helping people is just in my blood, my day doesn’t begin right if I’m not volunteering or doing something that is helping people. I started working at Asbury Church about two and a half years ago, where every morning I get to go in and feel like I am making a difference. Everyone knows me, and I get along with almost everyone. Trying to help the people I see every day to bring them up to where they can help themselves.