Keith

Keith

This is part of an ongoing project called “People In Your Neighborhood

To be honest, I was scared going into this project.  What if the people we were helping didn’t want to talk to us? Keith was the first man I interviewed, and talking with him reassured me that serving food wasn’t the only thing that helped the homeless people- talking with them was.  Keith was so excited to share his story, so enthusiastic to answer questions. “More questions! More questions!”, he exclaimed.  This is when I realized that talking to people, sharing stories, and extending advice was therapeutic for the people that we served. Keith was introduced to drugs many years ago.  He didn’t know what they were when he took them, but once he tried it, he couldn’t stop. Things spun out of control. He remembers the happiest moments of his life as the times before he did drugs, when he enjoyed martial arts, tai chi, and had a car.  Now, Keith is working to gain control of his life again, by going to church every Sunday.  As a result of his experience, Keith advises others to “stay away from drugs.  Go to college, create opportunity for yourself, and enjoy your life.”

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