Saturday, October 30, 2010

One more thing about Seattle

Just like Salt Lake City, Seattle has a homeless newspaper called Real Change. I met one of the street vendors for Real Change; his name is John.

John has worked in a lot of different positions in his life. He has been a window washer for houses, offices, and skyscrapers, a welder, and a ton of other trades through out his life. He is diabetic, has ADD, emphysema, and a hernia from twisting wrong while holding a ladder. He in foster home after foster home from the time he was 15 months until he was 17 years old. He has a 4th grade education. When he took the GED test he scored an average of 48 out of 50 on each part of it. He has crossed the country twice by hopping trains and once by hitch hiking.

He is now 60 years old and homeless. The thing that amazes me about John is that despite not having enough to have a home and other things we take for granted, John pays $20 a month to sponsors a 4 year old girl in the Philippians. He told me he just wants to make sure that everyone can get more of an education than he was able to get.  

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