"People don't understand how hard it is to be out there and how easy it is to become homeless, but it took a week of bad decisions for me to become homeless."
My parents retired from coal mining and got cancer right about the same time. About six months after they retired, they passed away — four months apart. Seven months later, my brother passed away from cancer, so I kind of got off-track, ended up homeless, started experimenting with drugs and drinking and was probably just mad at the world.
The biggest challenges about being homeless are safety and eating. There’s a lot of places now that have free food, but it’s still a challenge surviving, getting through each day. The winter is hard because there’s nowhere to go to get inside unless it’s below 32. I got lucky, and some friends let me sleep in their car.
Most people who are homeless want help. If I were president for a day, I would do more on the side of building shelters and getting people, like you guys [the interviewers], to deal with the advocacy part.
I’ve done construction work, and I have worked on appliances; if you can plug it in, I can fix it. I’ve done foster care, and I like working with kids. If I could help one kid, it would be like helping a thousand of them.
I can’t sing; no, but I used to wrestle and won the state championship. I like sports like fishing but not talent-talents. I mean I sing in the shower.