On a quiet small street at the edge of Skid Row, away from the crowds and the noise is “Benito.” He was unfolding cardboard boxes to prepare his place to sleep for the night. Like other homeless people, he has to wait until all the local businesses are closed before he is allowed to lay on the sidewalk. He has the kind of voice that would make for a good storyteller or narrator for a movie. And from talking with him he has the wisdom that comes with age and living on the streets. “People can’t find happiness because they look for it in the wrong places. Happiness is found inside our hearts.” That’s what Benito told me with his soothing story telling voice with a Spanish accent. Benito doesn’t need many things to make him happy. Living on the streets means to live simply. Only carrying the most essential things in his shopping cart. He likes to spend his time reading books to escape his grim reality. And when he is done, he exchanges books with other homeless people who also share a love for reading. He says when he feels down he just thinks about how there are many others who are less fortunate then him.
People often message me asking how they can donate to support and be a part of what I do. I've never been one to ask for donations, but it definitely comes in handy.
Each person on Skid Row is unique and has their own unique circumstances, so it's hard to anticipate how to address people's needs before I meet them. So having some extra funds gives me more flexibility as to how I can help others.
If you're one of these people who has it in their heart to contribute in this way, this donate button is just a more convenient way to do so. Thank you for your support!