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So Who Are The Homeless? This Is Abana

This is Abana.  He looks tough.  He sounds tough.  Actually, he is tough.  You'd probably give him a wide berth if you saw him coming your way on the sidewalk.  But here's what you don't know...

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He has to be tough after everything he's been through.  Abana had a life, a family, a job, a home.  His wife passed away 12 years ago due to a very brief battle against an extremely aggressive cancer.  His son, an aspiring student who defied the neighborhood norm and refused to join a gang, was shot to death in front of his own home.  Abana bore this burden and persevered.  He was a janitor.  That might not seem like much as far as work goes but you know what?  It kept a roof over his head and it paid the bills.  That is, until the recession hit three years ago.  Abana hung onto his job to the best of his abilities.  He was one of the last people to be let go but eventually, there was just no more work for him.  And soon afterward, he lost his home. 

I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like to walk a mile in Abana's shoes.  He has my utmost respect and I'm honored to know him.

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CassieKT said:

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I can't believe how much he has been through! Going through loosing someone to cancer is hard enough, but adding the loss of a son, yeesh! I hope things turn around for Abana, he deserves a break!

Kelley said:

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Honestly, I'm truly humbled when I see what some of these people have been through. Like you, I can't imagine losing a child after the loss of my partner... I'll have an update on Abana in the near future, I hope!

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