Today, The HomeMore Project team met seven new friends who were the latest recipients of our Makeshift Traveler. The day presented many interactions with individuals from various backgrounds, some of which we will highlight in this blog post. The image to the left is Business Development Intern Kyle Martinez with Mike and his dog Darkness. Mike [and Darkness] are cousins of Jada, a popular person on this blog thread. Mike is a current artist, drawing superhero characters and graffiti across the city. Mike has been experiencing homelessness for a few years but hopes his art will be the way back into permanent housing. Mike mentioned that he wants to see his dog, Darkness, “grow into the friendliest pitbull the world has ever seen.” We love that aspiration; Darkness will have some ‘friendly’ competition with her cousin, Jasper.
Mike’s contact information was obtained, and we look forward to following up with him in the near future to assist in his transition to permanent housing.
Our next feature is Business Development Intern Kyle Martinez with Sam. Sam is from St. Paul, Minnesota, and has been experiencing homelessness since the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Before the pandemic began, Sam was managing a bar in San Francisco. When the bars closed due to city restrictions, Sam was put out of work which inevitably put him in a position of experiencing homelessness.
Sam still plans to reenter the bar manager field; however, Sam mentioned, “I will not do so until my fellow unhoused folks get off of the streets and get help securing their futures.”
In Sam’s free time, he goes to the San Francisco Public Library to take classes and volunteer for other unhoused friends in the community. He shared, “we support each other; I am able-bodied and would rather keep myself busy than get into trouble.” This was an incredibly fascinating perspective for our volunteer team to learn from Sam. We will be staying in touch with Sam and tracking his progress.
Next, pictured, is Executive Director Zac Clark, with our third recipient, Daniel. Zac and Daniel met last week when a former recipient, Chris, was given a Makeshift Traveler. When our volunteer team came through this alley, we stumbled upon Chris using his Makeshift Traveler in the sun. A few moments later, Daniel appeared, and we finally presented him with one.
Daniel is from San Diego, California, experiencing homelessness for up to five years. Daniel is currently not a part of any shelters or programs but shared that he is open to new ideas, such as our Makeshift Traveler and 27 Step Journey.
Daniel’s favorite aspect of the Makeshift Traveler is the solar panel; as he mentioned, finding a place to charge his phone is almost impossible.
Daniel’s contact information was obtained, and we plan to check on him and Chris frequently as their encampment is located in a commonly visited area by our organization. We look forward to revisiting and sharing updates.