Category: Faces of Homelessness

A homeless veteran should not have to stand at a freeway exit with a cardboard sign

A homeless veteran should not have to stand at a freeway exit with a cardboard sign
The day was May 4, 1970. The United States was divided over the war in Vietnam. Protests were taking place on college campuses. Students against the Nixon administration. Students against the war. This day it was Kent State’s turn. The National Guard was sent in to try to keep the protest peaceful. They ended up shooting... Read more »

Mookie Betts feeds the homeless

Mookie Betts feeds the homeless
It’s World Series time. Boston vs Los Angeles. East coast vs west coast. The Red Sox have won the first two games and making a huge contribution was their all-star right fielder Mookie Betts. Betts is coming off his best season. He won the batting title by hitting .346. Betts also hit thirty home runs... Read more »

Can I throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field without embarrassing myself?

Can I throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field without embarrassing myself?
Homelessness is about to pay off….big time!! Here’s the basics: Lincoln Park Community Services, Comcast and the Chicago Cubs are hooking up. They’re doing some promotions together and raising some cash/awareness…always a good thing. It started last Monday when Cubs catcher Willson Contreras and some other volunteers stopped by the shelter to make lunch. About... Read more »
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Pearl Jam comes home to Seattle to help solve homelessness

Pearl Jam comes home to Seattle to help solve homelessness
When you think about Seattle, what first comes to mind? Coffee, rain, the Space Needle? When you think about homelessness, what cities first come to mind? Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco? But the rock band Pearl Jam posted this on their website: “The region’s homelessness population is now the third largest in the... Read more »

The words you were looking for are Thank You

The words you were looking for are Thank You
All I wanted was some ice cream. I like to think of myself as generous. I like to give money to people living in the street. Not all the time and not that much…maybe a couple of times a week and usually a dollar or some change. When I don’t, I always wish the person well. It’s... Read more »

"You're one of those shelter people"

"You're one of those shelter people"
All I wanted to do was buy a new bed!! I wasn’t asking much for a Sunday. I just wanted to do one thing. I’ve been looking for a new mattress and box spring for some time. There was a sale on beds at a church in Lincoln Park. You could find them for half... Read more »
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The Homeless Monologues: Watching your words performed is a spiritual experience

The Homeless Monologues: Watching your words performed is a spiritual experience
Goodman Theater in Chicago, Illinois. April 30, 2018. It’s closing day for the month which means it opening night for “The Homeless Monologues” 7pm! It’s go time! But, first… This was the second annual performance of “The Homeless Monologues”…at least it better be annual….so let’s start with how I got involved. Why me? Because it’s... Read more »

Homelessness and Cancer is a bad combination

Homelessness and Cancer is a bad combination
Not every story in The Homeless Monologues has a happy ending. It would be disingenuous not to talk about some that ended badly. This is the story of my friend Don. It’s December 2014. About a week before Christmas. I’ve lived here for more than a year. Don’t tell anyone but it’s really 18 months.... Read more »

I finally got my key

I finally got my key
Escaping homelessness isn’t easy. It takes time. It takes patience. You have to be able to overcome the setbacks because they will come. This is a piece about someone who did all that. His success is a success for all of us in the community. Keys are often overlooked. They’re tossed aside or lost. To some a... Read more »
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He's homeless but doesn't want to be a burden to his son

He's homeless but doesn't want to be a burden to his son
Most of the stories in the Faces of Homelessness series have had happy ending or hope of ending that way. This piece from the upcoming play, “The Homeless Monologues”, has neither. That doesn’t make it any less compelling:  We might as well get right down to it. I’m an alcoholic. Someone once asked what was... Read more »
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