Posts in category "Faces of Homelessness"

Caleb Swanigan: From homelessness to Big Ten Player of the Year

Caleb Swanigan: From homelessness to Big Ten Player of the Year
The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament starts today in Washington D.C. The favorite is Purdue, who won the regular season title. They are led by their All-American Forward, Caleb Swanigan. His is truly a rags to riches story that no one would have dreamed possible ten years ago. Swanigan, a 19 year old Sophomore, had a... Read more »

Politicians plans for helping solve homelessness in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago

Politicians plans for helping solve homelessness in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago
The bigger the city, the bigger the problem of homelessness is. In Los Angles, there are over 82,000 homeless people on any given night. In New York City, the number is around 60,000. Chicago’s number is about 48,000. What are politicians doing to try to solve this problem and get people off the street. In... Read more »

Food Drive to help homeless at the Chicago Auto Show

Food Drive to help homeless at the Chicago Auto Show
The 2017 Chicago Auto Show is now at McCormick Place. It’s a chance to see cars from all major manufacturers in one place. Plus from now through this Friday, it’s an opportunity to help the less fortunate people of Chicago. The regular admission price is $14. Each year the show sponsors a food drive. If you... Read more »
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Southern California restaurant owner continues to help feed the homeless after a devastating fire

Southern California restaurant owner continues to help feed the homeless after a devastating fire
The Anaheim White House restaurant was originally a home that was built in 1909. It 1981 it became an upscale restaurant located just down the street from Disneyland. In 1987, Bruno Serato became the owner/head chef. In 2005, Serato and his mother visited the local Boys and Girls club and noticed children were eating potato... Read more »

Gratitude Changes Everything

Gratitude Changes Everything
Thursday night. Shelter. It’s time for journaling or as the class now calls it, their weekly therapy session. I walk into the room. Three words are on the dry erase board…. GRATITUDE CHANGES EVERYTHING Here comes my class. My students. My people. Tonight it’s three guys and three women. I don’t have a topic for... Read more »

A personal look at 2016: Goodbye and don't come back

The year started with the death of David Bowie. It was shocking until we found out he had been fighting Cancer for 18 months. It was the start of the year of death for musicians. Frey, Prince, Russell, Haggard, Cohen among the many.
It’s the final day of 2016. That marks the end of the fourth calendar year of this blog. FOUR YEARS!!! Wow…is it like college where I get a piece of paper and have to leave? I started writing this as a way to tell stories about my life with Parkinson’s Disease. I figured there were... Read more »
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Finding Christmas hope and gratitude where you least expect it

Finding Christmas hope and gratitude where you least expect it
Every Thursday night I teach a writing class at a homeless shelter. We don’t do much writing. We do a lot of talking. A LOT OF TALKING! Over the seven weeks of this class, I’ve bonded with my new students. My new writers. My new friends. We’re genuinely happy to see each other. We all... Read more »

The times they are a changing...and not for the better

The times they are a changing...and not for the better
Politicians….pfffft!!! It’s December. In Chicago that means it’s cold and snowy. And this December has been very cold and very snowy. The Illinois state government has been at odds over the budget for two years. No one is willing to compromise. When that happens, the people that tend to get hurt the worst are those who... Read more »

You can go home again

You can go home again
This is one of my former homes. I lived at this shelter from August 2013 through January 2015. Seventeen months. Five hundred-fifteen days…give or take a few. Honestly, it wasn’t too tough to stay there. They didn’t have too many rules. Pretty much just wake up at 6:30 am, be in on time for dinner, attend... Read more »
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Even at Thanksgiving, giving thanks isn't easy

Even at Thanksgiving, giving thanks isn't easy
As much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.  – Theodore Roosevelt Raise your hand if you have trouble with the holidays. Yeah, me too! They aren’t easy under the best of conditions.... Read more »
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