Justin who is 26, and his girlfriend Anna who is 19, are both homeless living on Skid Row. Justin struggles with an addiction to heroin and alcohol. Anna is often mistaken for a prostitute but refuses to sell her body for money. I bought dinner for them, Justin could only eat mashed potatoes because he bit his tongue when he was having seizures from drug related withdrawals. Anna only wanted to have a milkshake. We sat on the sidewalk together and I listened to them share stories of how they met, what they mean to each other and their struggles on the street. I found out that both of Justin’s parents died when he was young and he has no siblings, while Anna ran away from home because of an abusive step father. Then I realized they are the only family they have for each other.
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!