I believe that NO Veteran deserves to be homeless. They have given great service and sacrifice to the country and should therefore be cared for well after their tour of duty. Sadly, I see a lot of them living on the streets. That is why I am deeply passionate about helping them, giving them hope, inspiration and a safe and warm place they can call home.
I myself am a Veteran. I am a retired United States Marine Corp (MSGT) who served in Viet Nam. I served my country for 28 years with the ideals that my country is worth the time and effort I put in the service. However, thru a series of events I found myself looking in. Looking at a better life from the outside, homeless. My homelessness took root when my wife took ill mentally and physically, and medical bills were piling up and it was too much to overcome. On top of that, the 401K took a dive to sub-zero in year 2008. And about that same time, I had taken early retirement, a bad mistake, it was almost too much to bear. But I sprained back.
I shared the experience of my fellow Vets being homeless on the streets and trying to survive. I was hungry without a place to lay myself to sleep. But with the help of kind and generous people, I was able to get out of the destitution and poverty.
So now, I want to do the same thing to my brothers and sisters who are going through homelessness. My dreams to help remove our Veterans from the City sidewalks, find them a permanent home and uplift them to a level of total self-independence.
Let us help the homeless Veterans. HELP US to help them.
I feel for the homeless. This feeling is not knowing why the homeless suffers. Maybe it is not having a role model to follow. Someone to share, this way or that way. I can only imagine what that is like.
My father, Shag, was an encouraging person in his unique way. He would set examples both good and not so good. He was always pushing forward for the good. There it is, Murphy pushing forward for the good things in life, as my father did. I can remember that he flowed from one job to another and then another and it seem like it would never end. However, he would not be still in his quest to be better and to have a place of his own. It was his determination that set him apart. And that was my chance in life to adopt that spirit “never give up”. And eventually it happens, a house we call home. Even then, things were not smooth sailing, I recall at times there was nothing in the refrigerator, I mean nothing, somehow Mom would find something out of nothing. Sundays was always a happy day with food on the table. Just maybe, the homeless not having that experience cascaded homeless in the wrong direction.
Can you see the homeless are broken, batter and hopeless? You can help them to pick up the pieces and put the picture together. Helping them to restore their dignity by removing self-imposed life beating. You can influence no more cold nights, no more starving from day to day, no more endless walks that go no ware. And in so doing we restore the homelessness hope of a better future.
Like you, I’ve seen the homeless and volunteered to help the homeless. However, until I met the Transition Housing Solutions team, didn’t know how else to help.
Tom has many passions from outdoors, to sports, and enjoys working with the Transition Housing Solutions team to make a difference. His goal is to be actively involved with the winning team and solution that positively impacts homelessness in Los Angeles and the USA. Tom’s regular role has been in Information Technology Services for 30 years including 10yrs+ at startups. Tom’s business experience is managing technical teams and sales teams, developing and meeting budgets to drive organizational growth profitably. He’s currently engaged in a startup which offers software as a service data security.
Join the team in any way you can, so we can work together with this first step model to provide housing and skills to our veterans, and others who’ve fallen on hard times, that led to homelessness. Help me move our homeless neighbors, who are extended members of each community, that want to work and find a place they can call home. They need your help. Be a part of their winning Team, join us.
Growing up in South Central Los Angeles (known as South Los Angeles now), as a child I always saw homeless people and wondered why they had nowhere to go. As a teenager I thought well they could just get a job and find them somewhere to live? My parents work and take care of our family. What’s wrong with them?
When I became an adult I started talking to some of these homeless people, giving them food and sometimes a couple of dollars. I began to understand that some of these people had mental illness or worked jobs and could not afford the cost of living in the area. I knew that I did not want to end up in this same predicament, so I decided to join the Army.
After serving 15 years in the Army with 2 tours in Iraq (OIF/OEF) under my belt and becoming disabled, I thought that the country I have fought so hard for was going to take care of me. I traveled all over the world during those 15 years and never have I seen the homeless problem like here in the United States America. I realized very quickly that being a disabled veteran did not cause me to be exempt from the homeless crisis. I worked everyday and yet my son and I had to live with my mother and father in order not to become homeless.
My heart breaks whenever I hear about or see a person with mental illness, disability, woman with child/ren, military veteran or any hard working person being homeless. It has always been a passion of mine to help in whatever way possible, this is my reason for being part of Transition Housing Solutions.
I believe that the homeless are people too – and that they deserve a second chance at life. That is why I am passionate about helping them get out of the streets and the hopelessness.
All of us at one (or a few) time in our lives have experienced being homeless in the physical or emotional sense – being alone, lost, broken, scared and hungry. I have experienced the feeling of being homeless and have seen a few of my close family and friends go through destitution, living in the streets and penniless.
- My nephew spent many years in a tent on the streets of Palmdale.
- Dr. Scott a long-time friend, since the 90’s, now homeless, and couch surfing.
- My friend Evangelist Daphne homeless for a seven-year stretch, slept in her car.
I feel for them and every other homeless on the street who reminds me of my family and friends. My heart saddens every time I converge onto Skid Row or I see them carrying around their baggage. My passion is to help them get over the misery and poverty. And my burning desire is to see them get back on their feet, gain their dignity, filled with hope and inspiration. And eventually see them live better lives with success stories to share
If you would like to help us help our homeless brothers and sisters, let us talk!
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