His name is Jerry from Chicago, he was on his way to church to get a blanket. Last night his blanket was stolen and its starting to get really cold out. He’s 60 years old and he has been living on the streets of Long Beach for the past 2 years.
After 20 years of hard work at a paper company, he lost his job when they downsized. “I know a lot about the paper industry, but no company will hire someone my age”.
“You can probably tell but I have an alcohol problem”. His parents owned a bar and his mom was an alcoholic. She passed away from drinking. Jerry often has seizures from the alcohol and his head, arms and legs are covered in wounds from repeatedly falling on the ground.
He has been arrested several times for drinking in public. He still needs to pay 7 outstanding tickets with a total value of $1535. He has no government support, he applied for Veteran support but thinks he won’t receive this before he dies. He’s not afraid to die because he believes in God.
“Its very hard to get off the streets. No one will hire me and I have no place to go. I’m afraid to be alone. I don’t know where to go and I don’t care. I often feel like a lonely penguin without any direction.
“I’m not a bad guy, you have to believe me, I’m not a bad guy”.
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