I often see this young man wandering the streets by himself. I once inquired about his family, but he replied “I like being alone.” This photo was taken when I first met him about a year ago. He was holding onto some plastic wrapping, and when I asked him about it, he explained that someone had bought him bread earlier, and because it was so good, he kept the wrapping to savor the smell. I recently saw him again, and took him to get something to eat. We went to a little market in downtown. I had my bike with me, and he told me to take the bike inside, because he didn’t want it to get stolen. I appreciated his thoughtfulness. I told him he could get anything, but he just wanted 2 bananas and an orange. We walked together for a few blocks, and we made some small conversation. I asked him about what makes him happy, and he said “I love cars, one day if I get off these streets I wanna be a mechanic.”
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!