Jim’s Homeless Story for Homelessness Action Week 2018

October 30, 2018

Jim, a member of Diverse Organization Providing Education and Regional Services (DOPERS) in Langley shares his homeless experiences during an interview for Homelessness Action Week

Oct. 7-13 is Homelessness Action Week in British Columbia

Please scroll down to read full transcript of the video!

 

Don – Hi! I’m Don. I’m with Diverse Organization Providing Education + Regional Services. Today we’re talking to our friends about Homelessness Action Week

Don – Name?

Jim – Jim

Don – Nickname?

Jim – No

Don – Age?

Jim – 50

Don – What part of the city do you live in?

Jim – Shelter

Don – Before that you were homeless?

Jim – My Ex Common Law Wife sold her mobile home and the very next day she kicked me out

Don – How hard is it to be homeless?

Jim – It’s stressful…I also have health issues…suffer from depression, anxiety…I’m still waiting for a second hernia surgery

Don – How would you describe your feelings about being homeless?

Jim – I hate it…not have to worry where my next meal’s coming from or where I’m going to sleep tonight

Don – What do you do to make money? ?

Jim – Income assistance

Don – What do you do every day to get by?

Jim – Communicate with my brother…I’ll go to the library

Don – Did Social Services help you find a place to live?

Jim – No

Don – What do you look forward to each day?

Jim – Chatting with my brother

Don – Tell us something no one knows about you?

Jim – Very approachable person, very friendly

Don – What’s the worst perception people have of the homeless?

Jim – They don’t want to work..they’re all drug addicts…they’re a drain on society…and they’re not…everybody’s got something to offer

Don – What do you miss most?

Jim – Being able to sit in front of the TV, relax on the couch, eat whenever I want

Don – What needs to be done for the homeless?

Jim – A lot more affordable housing, something to keep people motivated

Don – What about programs?

Jim – Understand mental illness, drug addiction or why…they can go back throughout their history of their life and find out where it all started..whether it was abuse

Don – What would have changed your life?

Jim – Staying closer to family that I have

Don – What would help you overcome your challenges?

Jim – From my concussions, my short term memory really doesn’t exist anymore…better understanding of how to deal with that…how to retrain my brain to react better, to think better

Don – Do you use any substances?

Jim – Crack Cocaine, been off that for 3 months now

Don – How did you manage that?

Jim – Functioning addict

Don – What do drugs give you?

Jim – Just trying to fill a hole, a void in my life…depression

Don – What is the highlight of the day?

Jim – 3 meals a day, a bed, warm place to stay

Don – What are some stressful situations that you encounter on a daily basis?

Jim – Body aches, pains…

Don – How do you keep healthy?

Jim – I choose to not smoke crack

Don – How do you keep safe?

Jim – I just watch my surroundings at all times

Don – Do you have any beliefs you live by?

Jim – Christian

Don – What is the best part of your day?

Jim – Eating

Don – Do people really want to solve the homelessness issue?

Jim – There needs to be more awareness…of a better way to help people that are homeless

Don – What does the future look like?

Jim – It can only get better
Don – What was your last steady job?

Jim – Working full time as a landscaper…been doing that for over 20 years…I haven’t been able to work in the past year

Don – Where do you keep your belongings?

Don – In a locker at the shelter

Don – When was the last time they slept in a bed?

Jim – In August

Don – Do you have any kids?

Jim – No

Don – One sentence to sum up your current situation?

Jim – It can’t get any worse …it can only get better from here

Don – If you could tell your story to Premier Horgan or Prime Minister Trudeau, what would you say?

Jim – More needs to be done for people that are homeless, housing…low income housing…more needs to be done

Don – Final thoughts?

Jim – More places for day programs for people that are homeless

Don -Thank you for telling your story

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