I'm raising money for basic needs so I can continue to maintain my housing.

Verified by Project Homeless Connect.

Why I'm using HandUp for my basic needs.

I could use assistance with basics like food, hygiene, and household items so I can continue to survive while I work to maintain my housing.

About me.

I grew up in San Francisco and went to Lowell High. At age 15, I worked as a clerk and then went to Marine basic training before joining the UN peacekeeping forces. I started playing chess when I was 7 or 8 and am part of the street chess community in San Francisco.

My backstory.

When I was homeless, I stayed at the bus depot on First and Mission Streets, sleeping among other people. We formed our own community of friends. Eventually one of the Project Homeless Connect vans visited us and asked if we were interested in leaving the streets, and I said yes. That began the process of stabilization -- returning to a normal residential framework. After that, about three years ago, I took an 8-week desk clerk training program through Conard House, a non-profit supportive housing agency. Soon after, I began working as a desk clerk for Conard House. I've loved serving clients at Conard House and doing outreach in the community. But in the summer of 2017, I had a stroke that debilitated me so that I was not able to walk without assistance. By doctor's orders, I can only work a minimal number of hours each week. For this reason, I am in more need of your continued support.

My goals, moving forward.

I have projects in mind to reach out in any way that I have at my disposal in the community. Hopefully after my mobility issues have improved, I would also like to work as a street vendor in time.

Other things I'd like to share about myself.

I love chess. As I used to play on Market Street and brought the tables out for people to play. It made me happy to see everyone having a good activity for as long as it lasted, until it was eventually closed down. I would perhaps like to start it again.

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