WHAT WE DO
Gloria at 61 is street homeless and has chosen to live on the street. She sleeps in a tent across the street from Hope Park in Chicago and directly across the street from Francesan Shelter. "I choose to live in my tent until my probation is over. She does utilizlize a Link Card, SSI check and Section 8 in which she plans to work part time. Gloria credits her work ethic since 15, being in military, the love of her family and even people she met in jail, court judges and in street who raised her to stop physically fighting people and not doing illegal drugs. Being falsely accused of a murder set her back, but charges were dimissed, and now she is building friendships, connections and goals. It's a slow process, but patience, talking to people, not using drugs and having goals has helped her to focus and aim towards getting off the street in her own apartment.
He was born near Thailand. He became homeless while living in Chicago. He hates shelters and prefers to stay outdoors on lakefront during summer, fall and spring. He simply states, "Keep pushing and never give up".
During his time homeless Steven loved to make people laugh and happy being a clown. He said he will always make homeless people laugh. Even now living in his own apartment, he visits the homeless because in hard times its important to laugh. Read more of his journey....keep scrolling down to catch his story.
Not giving her real name but we will call her A. A will proudly tell you has lived in Chicago's Francesan Shelter for over 10 years. She feels street homeless women must sleep in safe shelters not the street to avoid being sexually and physically abused. A is from South America, and has hope she will reunite with her children now grown who were taken away from her. Andrea works at a hospital and shares her skill of knitting with the patients.
Fernando a kind gentleman suffering from mental illness and drug abuse, a proud man from Putero Rico who lost his identification and passport during a visit to Chicago years back. He has been street homeless in Humboldt Park living under 606 Bloomington aka old railroad tracks. The last time I seen or heard from Fernando was 2019. The police removed his stuff and him for reports of indecent behavior near a school.
"My name is LaTisha,
Special thank you to my childhood buddy John Netherly, for being my inspiration, and Sharon Matthews, for helping me to deliver these care packages to the street homeless."
Wanda L. Tolbert is a published author of these 2 books, and a retired postal worker. She donates the proceeds of her books to distributing items to the Chicago street homeless which includes backpacks filled with clothing, hand sanitizer, plastic gloves, masks and disinfectant wipes.
Preston and his mom Cynthia. Preston wrote this at school about his dream for homeless people and he received the grade of A-plus. I Have a Dream: to help homeless people get a job and a home, and we will teach them how to get a job. This will change their life, it will be very helpful to them. They will not have to live on the street.
The moral of his story is that state representatives, mayors, and governors in office must set aside money in each state, city, and country for mental illness. This man is profoundly mentally ill. He is on the street with a self-made woman in which he refers to her as his wife. He designed this wearing a wig, face, and body with which he says he has sex daily. This is a profound mental illness and proves that the street homeless need mental health clinics, prescribed psychotropics, and counseling.
After over 20 years of teaching at CPS, earning a master's degree, and being a homeowner, Queen (pseudonym) lost everything after the sudden death of her son and became homeless. Queen suffers from mental illness due to various traumas including rape, sexual, and physical abuse. At the age of 18, Queen found herself in and out of mental institutions and jailed numerous times for drugs. Queen survived the streets, drug abuse, mental illness, sexual assault, and homelessness to now being a retiree with a pension and getting her own apartment in a senior citizen building.
Kevin 21, hails from Mexico. He came to Chicago with his mother as illegal immigrants and eventually they both became US citizens. His mother died from cancer a couple of weeks ago and Kevin suffering from being street homeless and an alcoholic. He wants to get services for his alcohol issue and to live at Pacific Garden Mission. The dilemnia now is getting his state id which was stolen.
There are over 34,000 registered sex offenders across Illinois. Unfortunately there are limited homeless shelters for sex offenders leaving them to live on the street as this man from China. He came to America, and committed an illegal act, paid his dues and now an Illinois sex offender who also is homeless in Chicago. He also was denied using his passport back to China as a result.
Joey the Clown - Joseph Nechtow his real name, owns a business in Chicago called Joey the Clown, in which he provides entertainment mostly for birthdays. Now that Coronovirus is upon us, Joey the Clown just added a new mission which is to make people laugh and be happy despite this crisis. Joseph is street homeless and says he never lost his happiness despite his own issues. He has a Bachelors degree
from University of Colorado in Human Service. For now, Joey the Clown says, "Dont worry keep laughing."
Always smiling and kind, Jose who receives a monthly SSI check, Link Card and Section 8, became homeless and living in a shelter because of issues with alcohol and poor money management causing him to not pay his rent. He however accepted services for alcoholism and is now in his own apartment.
Maurice who was having issues with alcohol and hails from Puerto Rico, became street homeless in Humboldt Park for 3 years after his wife threw him out their house and then she divorced him and moved. Maurice was not accepted into Chicago shelters because of refusal to stop drinking.
Jerrell became homeless in Chicago in 2015 with issues from drugs and no employment. He was also 2 years away from receiving his college degree from NIU in Engineering. Hopefully today he is well and living a productive quality of life.