For 30 years “Smitty” worked as a plumber. It was more than a job. It’s who he was. Plumbing was all he knew. Until diabetes took a toll on his health. He not only lost his left leg, but also his identity. Who would hire a plumber with one leg? The jobs disappeared. He became too much of a liability for anyone to hire him. He is on the verge of being homeless. But rather than giving in to despair, he decided to put his mind and energy to a special project. He turned his wheelchair into a work of art. Utilizing his experience and knowledge in plumbing, Smitty used over 300 feet of pipes that will spurt out water from all over his wheelchair creating a “water show.” He spent the past two years, day and night, toiling away on this project. It gave him a sense of purpose and meaning to life. At the downtown Art Walk, he unveiled finished masterpiece. “I know I don’t have much time left, I’m almost 60 years old, I have diabetes, I am jobless, and close to being homeless. I put everything of myself into this project. Let’s see what happens…”
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!