Category: Homelessness

Taxes, cancer, a play and gratitude

Taxes, cancer, a play and gratitude
April 15, 197something. Tax day! I’m old school or maybe just old? I go back to the days before Al Gore invented the internet. You had to have your tax returns postmarked on this day OR ELSE! Scary AF! I remember driving downtown to the main Chicago post office. The cars would get in a queue. You... Read more »

Volunteer of the year

Volunteer of the year
Tonight is the third annual edition of The Homeless Monologues, at the Goodman Theater, in Chicago. This story shows how with a little help, you can overcome a terrible situation and come away with enough gratitude that you want to help others avoid what you went through. This is my trophy. Look at how shiny... Read more »

I hope my story will have a happy ending

I hope my story will have a happy ending
Most of the pieces I’ve written on homelessness have been about success stories. People overcoming their circumstances and escaping homelessness. They’ve made a better life for themselves. Everyone doesn’t get there. Here’s a story from the upcoming play, “The Homeless Monologues”, that is still in progress.  There are a lot of homeless stories of recovery, hope... Read more »
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Shades of homelessness

Shades of homelessness
This piece from the upcoming play, “The Homeless Monologues”, shows that there’s nothing typical about homelessness. Every story is different.  A decade ago, I was walking through Lincoln Park with some friends. As we were were looking at some houses, we saw a woman with a grocery cart. She was rolling all her life possessions I... Read more »

It's good to be home again

It's good to be home again
When a tragic accident changes your life forever, being home makes you feel safe. This story from the upcoming play “The Homeless Monologues” shows how against all odds, someone can go home again. My story goes back to the good old days. It was a simpler time…at least it seems that way now. Before Chicago... Read more »

After years of living on the street, I had to give myself a second chance

After years of living on the street, I had to give myself a second chance
When you’ve been living on the street for seventeen years, you need some help to overcome the cycle of homelessness. Here’s a story, from the upcoming play “The Homeless Monologues”, of someone who got that help and took advantage of it to turn his life around.  My life is pretty good now. If I was telling... Read more »
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Good Samaritan Candace Payne helps to save homeless community from the polar vortex

Good Samaritan Candace Payne helps to save homeless community from the polar vortex
It started Tuesday evening and went through Thursday. The temperature was -25. The wind chill was in the -50 range. The Polar Vortex was here. Most people made it to their homes and stayed there. Sure, it may have led to missed work and school, too much television and general boredom/cabin fever, but at least... Read more »

Homeless man helps Kansas City Chiefs player get to his game

Homeless man helps Kansas City Chiefs player get to his game
Last Saturday, Jeff Allen was driving on U.S. Highway 40. At the same time, Dave Cochran was driving along the same road. That’s all the two men had in common. Fate made them meet up on a snowy day in Kansas City. Allen, who is from Chicago and went to both King High School and... Read more »

Little Caesars has a better solution for feeding the homeless community than eating pizza out of their trash

Little Caesars has a better solution for feeding the homeless community than eating pizza out of their trash
It’s winter in Fargo, North Dakota. You’re homeless. It’s brutally cold and you’re hungry. You’re desperate for some food. Desperate times call for desperate measures. You find a Little Caesar’s pizza restaurant. You wait until the end of the night when they throw out their leftover food. You’re in the alley going through their trash... Read more »
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Homelessness in America 2018

Homelessness in America 2018
The life expectancy in the United States is 78.6 years old. The life expectancy if you’re homeless in the United States is 50 years old. Almost thirty years less. THREE DECADES! It’s even less if you’re living on the street. You’re more susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. You’re more likely to become a victim of... Read more »
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