“I’ve Been Blessed, That’s the Bottom Line”
These are the words that Michael says when he talks about ” The Picnic Project” he hasn’t found a home after being homeless for 2 years. Long in recovery from drugs and alcohol, Michael was a happily married father of six who owned his own home. Until the day his wife wanted a divorce. That is when he relapsed after fifteen years’ sobriety. Michael reports he “ran the streets until he literally could not run any longer.” Luckily, He heard about The Picnic Project from other homeless that spread the word . . . and now he is coming every Sunday to eat a hot meal and get some relief.
When Michael speaks, he does not only speak for himself but for other homeless people. He is an advocate for others who still live the life he escaped. He has experienced firsthand the stereotyping of “the homeless” and he didn’t like it.
“What you see is not always truth. We need to take away that stereotype. When we group people together and label them, we lose individuality. To advocate, you must know who you’re advocating for,” he says. Today, he has hope where before he didn’t have a decent meal for while and he loves himself enough to love others.