Residents & Alumni Stories

In honor of Veterans Day, we share this powerful poem/memoir by Benjamin P., a member of Project HOME and a veteran. He recited this poem at a recent community gathering, including photos of his squadron mates he honors in this poem. We thank Ben and all veterans for their service – and we pray for the families and friends of veterans who gave their lives for our country.

s.y.o.t.o.s.
(see you on the other side)

a poem by Benjamin P.

The following article is featured in the Summer 2017 edition of News From HOME, our quarterly print newsletter.

 

Benjamin Pinto is a poet and Project HOME resident.

RAGGED OLD FLAG

From Crisis to Hope

Katie Dougherty says it with a painful bluntness:  “I didn’t grow up hoping to be a heroin addict.”  And she could hardly have foreseen the eventual consequences when almost fifteen years ago a doctor prescribed Percocet for her severe back pain.  Because of how it improved her mood – easing depression and anxiety – she gradually became addicted.  Within a few short years, her life was a living nightmare.  “There I was, a mother of four from a good background, lost in Kensington doing whatever I had to do to get another hit.”

Evockeeah, now a resident at our Francis House of Peace residence, endured a harrowing, dehumanizing housing experience before securing her home. Last week she shared her heartbreaking story at our weekly morning inspiration meeting.

Elizabeth “Izzy” Fletcher lives at our Ray Homes residence and volunteers as a resident leader in many areas of our mission.  She recently shared some of her story at a Tuesday morning Inspirational Meeting with fellow members of the Project HOME community.

 

When I first came to Project HOME, I was broken: molested at a young age and an adult; lost my children to DHS; and chronically homeless since 12 years old.

I am a survivor constantly working on my broken wings.

Michelle Sheppard is a resident of Ray Homes.  This profile of her was originally published in the Journey of Hope newsletter.

 

A Christmas Story

This is a Christmas reflection written several years ago by Will O’Brien, a member of the Project HOME community.  As we look to this year’s Christmas celebration, and as we are preparing for this year’s Homeless Memorial Day, it seems worthwhile to share this.

Richard Bogue is a long-time resident of Project HOME.  He lives at 1515 Fairmount Avenue, and frequently shares his poetry and writing with the broader community.

 

Many years ago when I was living in San Francisco I decided to go to church one Sunday.  I chose the Unitarian church and at the end of the service the minister urged the congregation to “be gentle with your selves.”

Shawn Brown: A Healthy Balance

You can look at Shawn Brown and sense his high energy and strong sense of self.  He exudes a spirit of health.  But it wasn’t always that way.

Shawn moved into Project HOME’s 1515 Fairmount Avenue residence back in 2011, and last year, he made a new home at our Francis House of Peace.  For much of that time, he struggled with his health, often feeling sluggish and down on himself.  His weight was exacerbating an inflamed knee and a bad back.  He also was dealing with diabetes. 

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