Jacksonville’s Homeless: Thom’s Story

Jacksonville’s Homeless: Thom’s Story

Thom, “the phone man,” age 70, agreed to meet with us and talk about the challenges he faces in being part-time homeless. “The phone man” nickname, as he’s known on the streets, comes from his employment with Assurance, a cellular phone company, specializing in Obama...
Jacksonville’s Homeless: John’s Story

Jacksonville’s Homeless: John’s Story

Dorri and I stood in front of the Jacksonville Public Library. The streets were bustling with people. Some individuals were hurrying by; others sat with their backs against the library wall, waiting for the doors to open. Immediately, we noticed the homeless presence....
Jacksonville’s Homeless: Cecil’s Story

Jacksonville’s Homeless: Cecil’s Story

Cecil cautiously walked into the quiet room at the Jacksonville Public Library. He wasn’t out of place. There were, in truth, many Street Friends, as they are lovingly referred to by the local mission groups, enjoying the air conditioning. He didn’t mention if this...
Jacksonville’s Homeless: Taylor’s Story

Jacksonville’s Homeless: Taylor’s Story

We met with 28-year-old, Taylor, on a Wednesday afternoon, late August, in the Jacksonville Public Library. He agreed to speak with us about what his life was like on the streets in Jacksonville and what challenges he faces.  After he greets me with a “nice to...
Jacksonville’s Homeless: Michael’s Story

Jacksonville’s Homeless: Michael’s Story

When passing by the nameless faces on the street, it is easy to condemn, look away, or possibly shake our heads at our fellow humans’ bad choices. Drugs, alcohol, and crime, all these factors separate their worlds from ours, keeping us safe from the intimidating...