This afternoon I met the lovely family of Paul and Sky with their two pups. Paul emailed us on Wednesday, to which I responded and scheduled to give both Paul and Sage a Makeshift Traveler today. Paul jokingly mentioned how Sky hid my email response from them, and he could not believe that we replied to his inquiry within 20 minutes.
This family has such an incredible story, and I hope I do them justice in sharing it. Paul has been experiencing homelessness on and off since he was 14 years old. When they began dating, he was an EMT in North Carolina, and Sky was an EMT in Dallas, Texas. Paul relocated to El Paso, Texas, from New York to be with Sky. During their time in El Paso, the couple concluded, after being arrested multiple times, that the El Paso community was unwelcoming of people who were unhoused. They decided to pack up their stuff and begin hitchhiking to San Francisco, where they could access the desperately needed resources.
One week before beginning their trek, they adopted their pups, using a wagon and strollers to transport them. After numerous buses, trains, and tons of walking, the couple reached San Francisco.
Paul and Sky epitomize what it means to be a part of a community and family. While hanging out with them for 30-40 minutes, countless friends came by, sharing food and other materials. While visiting with them, they shared the significant challenges of being married with two dogs experiencing homelessness. Paul exemplified this with a story of an employee at a navigation center, purposely walking in on Sky while changing. After Sky defended herself, she and Paul were removed from the center, as Sky was deemed ‘violent.’ Not to mention, Sage was easily one of the nicest people I have ever met. Another point Paul shared was how they were separated at two different navigation centers on two different sides of the city.
The story of Paul and Sky resonated with one of the fundamental reasons I started The HomeMore Project; to experience and prove that those experiencing homelessness need a little bit of assistance and, most importantly, compassion.
We are still in contact with Paul and Sage and look forward to continuing the connection as they await permanent housing. If you would like to make a donation to them, please click the button below, and write a comment, “Paul and Sky.”