This morning we met Donzelle, who has been experiencing homelessness for five to six years in San Francisco. Donzelle was born in San Francisco, and multiple family challenges presented him with being unhoused.
Donzelle did not have a cell phone or email, but he does have temporary housing, which he provided the information about. He does not know how long he will be able to use the temporary location and hopes to find permanent housing soon. As we have mentioned many times on this feed, temporary housing and shelters are highly inconsistent, and those unhoused often rotate between temporary housing accommodations. If you would like to help Donzelle find permanent housing, please click the button below and write a comment, “Donzelle.”
We look forward to tracking Donzelle’s progress in his search for permanent housing.
Introducing Joey Bags, In Honor of Joey Bucciero
In addition to highlighting Donzelle, today’s recipient of a Makeshift Traveler, we also feature an extraordinary and touching story of a mother, Josephine Bucciero, carrying on a wonderful tradition in honor of her son, Joey Bucciero. Joey was just like any other ordinary kid; his mother shared, “My Joey came from a very loving home; he had a loving and warm heart. He was an athlete in H.S., went to college.” This is a storyline we have heard numerous times before with people who we have provided a Makeshift Traveler struggling with addiction. Similarly to those experiencing homelessness, often those struggling with addiction are defined by this from the lens of society which is unfortunate. While I did not personally know Joey, he seems like the most genuine individual, and as his mother shares, “Addiction, as we know, does not discriminate and can affect anyone. You can come from a broken home, a loving home, college grad, dropout, any race or religion, rich or poor.” Josephine highlights a significant point that we have begun to confirm as we are within the unhoused community daily.
Joey struggled with addiction for over seven years, and on October 16, 2019, he, unfortunately, had an accidental fentanyl overdose and passed away. While Joey has passed away, Josephine has honored Joey with kits that she calls “Joey Bags.” This is the 4th year that Josephine has raised money to give these out, and she needs your help to fund some Joey Bags for 2022. Each Joey Bag includes winter hats, gloves, $5 gift cards (in lieu of cash), toiletries, water, masks, nail clippers, and snacks.
This brief story of Joey highlights some very important narratives that I wish more people understood:
- These circumstances do not define those suffering from homelessness, substance addiction, or both; instead, they are experiences that particular people need support and assistance to surpass.
- No one example or precursor leads people down a path of substance addiction; there are truly endless causes.
If you would like to donate a Joey Bag for $10, click the button below and write a comment of “Joey Bag” for us to facilitate this donation on behalf of Josephine and her son Joey.