I was born in New Haven in 1961, and I went to Lee High School, graduating in 1981. I grew up good, no problem. From 1981 to 1989 I worked at the VA doing housekeeping and laundry. After the VA I was a home care companion, and did odd jobs, but I had a lot of stress. I lived with my aunt and took care of her until she died. After she died I had to go to a shelter because I could not live with any other members of my family. I could only go to my daughter’s mother’s place for a little help. I stayed at the shelter on Grand Ave. for a few years. I also slept in bus stops and at the Dunkin’ Donuts by Yale-NH hospital. I could stay there until 5:30 am sometimes. I lived on food stamps as best I could, and I would go to the overflow shelters when I had to, or to Grand Ave., but they had bed bugs there, and they still do.
I was in and out of the hospital with stress and chest pain. Even now I still sleep in bus stops and at the Dunkin’ Donuts, or at the shelter on Goffe St. I walk around town a lot and go to the free meals. I get food and clothes from the people who come to the Green, and canned goods from the food pantry at Saints Paul and James.
I have a nineteen-year old daughter and a thirty-year old daughter. Their mother cheated on me. I also have a brother in Massachusetts and I talk to him every day. I talk to my daughters, and they give me gift cards. I do have a part-time job at Our Kids Family Center, 20 hours a week, but after taxes and child support, there is very little left. I also have two grand-daughters, but I don’t ask my family for help. Right now I’m waiting for a housing voucher from Columbus House. Sundays I play in a band at The House of Prayer. They help me some with food and talk to me.
I do not have any problem with drugs or alcohol.
Mostly I need housing and a full-time job. I try to stay out of trouble. When it gets really cold I try to sleep at the fast food places. I go to sleep hoping no-one calls the Police. That causes a lot of stress. I have huge stress and heart problems in my family. Some passed away from heart attacks.
I’m thankful for all of you at Trinity. I love you all, you give me strength. I am thankful to God every day for food, for clothes, for people with a giving heart. God puts it in their heart.