Adrienne, I met in Overtown under a bridge with her other friends. She stood out from the others with her genuine, kind, appreciated attitude. Adrienne has been without a home for about 10 years living in harsh circumstances. She used to work thirty years as a nail technician but really wanted to be an engineer. She enjoys reading books, the only time she is separating herself from reality. She told me, " I read my books but I'm always aware of my surroundings." Due to the fact that she sleeps in the middle of severe situations such as drug dealings, turf wars, and a lot thief. She explained to me, " when you have an opportunity to do a job, do it with the best of your ability." She enunciated with so much gladness and passion even though of her circumstances. My heart melt just listening to her and seeing her beautiful smile through adversity. Adrienne says thank you to everyone that donated. She dearly appreciates it.
Robert has been in the streets for twenty five years. When I heard that he has a job and trying to get out of his situation it made me value his resilience. He told me his plan and how he is achieving his goal to get out the restless streets. I would never understand his condition, having to go to work and living on the streets. Worrying about his belongings while he is at work and trying to go to sleep with so many noise/distractions knowing he has to work in the morning. I congratulate him on pursuing happiness while he's surrounded by doubt and hopelessness. I learned that it doesn't matter how you start in life but what truly matters is how you finish.
Below are different stories of amazing people that are going through different journeys but striving for the greater good.
I met Thomas at Heaven Sent's First Annual Harvest of Memories Thanksgiving dinner. I remember his humble and loving spirit while he was in line getting food. We asked him if he wants more food but he insisted to save food for others that are in need. I really got to know him and a little about his life. He was incarcerated for a while for selling drugs just to make a living. For a little of that time he was enjoying the fast life until he got arrested. He told me that when he was doing time he got closer to God and wanted a life change. When he got out of prison he had no identification except his prison identification card. He wants to work to get out of his current circumstances but needs a Florida ID and his social security card to get a decent job.
We met this amazing married couple Felicia and William in Downtown Miami sleeping on the sidewalk. Their loving spirit and their beautiful smiles still ignites my very soul. Felicia and William's story is one of many stories that is hidden in the crevices of our streets of Miami Dade County. Felicia was born in Georgia and William was born in Charlotte, N. Carolina. They met at a hotel called the Hyatt Regency. Felicia was working as a busser and William was working as a salesman selling magazines. Felicia said she saw him, went up to him and said, "here's my number." Suddenly, they were keeping in touch, even while he was traveling a lot he always came back to spend time with her. The lovely couple became married in 1998, so they've been married for 19 years. The married couple has two kids, there son is in College and they have a eight month year old named Jocelyn that lives with Felicia's father in Georgia. I asked them what started them to be on the streets? William stated, he used to live with his mother helping paying rent but his mother wasn't helping out as she should and she is currently incarce-rated. So they asked Felicia's father he said yes, but has to figure out some stuff before they can come. This story is amazing to me due to the fact the married couple despite there situation they're still together. Many married couples that live in a house, have food, water, and clothes can't live with each other. That is LOVE, the true nature of love. They said "Nothing can separate us."