He was reading a book on the steps under the shade. He had a welcoming smile and he asked me to sit with him. He was so articulate, well-read, and seemed to know about so many things. We had such an engaging conversation, and he was a great listener too. He had this brightness about him that also masked the sadness in his eyes. I learned that he ended up on Skid Row because of depression. He is not addicted to drugs and he hardly touches alcohol. His depression was so severe that he couldn’t function in life. “I am not living, I am just simply surviving right now” he said. Later that day, I ran into one of my friends who lives on the street who also happens to know him. “So you met the professor today” she said to me. “I did and I was so impressed by how intelligent and articulate he is” I said. Then she responded; “he has a doctorate from Harvard Law School.”
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!