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This is a picture of my old home. This is an image of where I thought my permanent home would be in "Box City" in San Francisco.
I was recently housed in July 2018 after being homeless off and on since 2006. I am grateful for my housing but am in great need to make my housing comfortable. Some items I am in need of include plates (I only have one), silverware, pots and pans and household cleaning supplies. I am on a fixed income, so it makes affording these basic necessities very challenging for me. I am trying to move forward with connecting to resources in the community to improve my quality of life. One step at a time is a BIG step. Thank you for finding it in your heart to support me in my journey.
I am from Seattle, Washington and I decided to move to San Francisco after my accident. I have been in San Francisco since late 2006. I used to work for the USPS while in Washington. In San Francisco, I have worked odd and end jobs including working in a hotel. I volunteered for a local organization in San Francisco as a peer advocate. I enjoy volunteering and supporting my community.
While in Washington, I was rear-ended by a full-sized SUV while delivering mail. After that, the Post Office decided to let me go because I was physically unable to do the job anymore. I didn't meet their requirements as a result of the accident, because I couldn't sit long or walk far. My back hurt every time it was cold and I couldn't do any heavy lifting, because of my injury.
After that, I moved to San Francisco where I was disabled and couldn't work. I ended up in jail due to a conflict. Soon after, due to issues with my family and my limited physical ability to work, I ended up on the streets. From mid 2009-2011, I lived and worked in a hotel, but when I was fired, I lost my housing. I experienced homelessness from 2011 until being housed in July 2018. In 2012, I got involved with PAES who supported me with my benefits. When I was on the streets, I supported my community experiencing homelessness by sharing information and resources in what we called, "Box City".
It's been one hurdle after the next, but now that I've secured my housing, I am working on improving my overall quality of life. I am hoping to get training and schooling to be able to work again. I eventually will need the necessary materials, tools and skills to make me competitive in this current work environment. I am hopeful for the future.
When I got my housing back again in July, it felt so good to sleep with both of my eyes closed instead of one eye open. I finally have gotten enough sleep in a warm place. It feels so good to feel safe. Prior to this time and when both of my parents passed, I had lost all hope of being housed. This has given me a new hope. I never thought this would happen for me! Also, I would love to attend a Metallica show one day too!
I'm raising money for basic needs so I can purchase household items and school supplies.
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I'm raising money for service dog and servicing, licensing fees so I can provide emotional support to my son**.
I'm raising money for food and personal hygiene items so I can eat better and take care of myself**.