About

The idea for this blog came about during the first snowfall of the year. I am one of the lucky ones. I may be homeless but I still have a vehicle that I can call my own. The downside to that is to ensure I will still have it when I wake up in the morning I have to sleep in it.  I did spend one night in a homeless shelter.  I decided after that one night that I wouldn’t return for two reasons.  First, I didn’t feel safe.  Two, the clothes that I wore in that you had to hang to be put in a sanitary hot box were stolen the next morning.  I don’t have much, but I very much need what I do have.

You are probably reading this and saying there’s another alcoholic or drug addict bum telling his sob story. That is not my intention. For starters I have never done any drugs in my life. I have drank socially in the past, but under my current circumstances food is way more important.

So how did I end up in this situation? I came to Chicago about 3 months ago for a job. Things started off great, I was making good money, had a girlfriend and found a garden apartment that was very reasonable. Then things took a turn for the worse. The company I went to work for lost the contract. I start to apply everywhere I can for employment. I am employable. In college I installed commercial flooring at a journeyman level. I finished college with a bachelors degree in Information Technology. I spent time in the United States Navy as an Electronics Technician. What does that get me now? Nothing, I’m a 37 year old man that most companies don’t want to pay because of my experience even if I am willing to work from the ground up.

As things got worse I started selling my belongings to get by. I’m to the point now where I have my truck and my iPhone. The truck is out of gas and the iPhone is currently not in service because that takes money I don’t have right now.

I will work myself out of this predicament. I tried to get assistance. I found out that as a relatively young, healthy, single male that I fall just under an alley cat on the priority list for aid. Because of that I’ve decided that I am going to so this on my own. Some of that is by choice and some of it is due to the reality of my circumstances. I’m relatively young, with no health issues. I’m not chemically dependent, I have no mental issues. I don’t have any kids. In the world of getting assistance the more screwed up you are the easier it is to get help. Even though I am a veteran I have all of my limbs and no PTSD, that puts me at the bottom of the totem pole. I may get some help because of this blog. But it will not be a handout. I will work for everything I receive.

The past couple months have not been easy. However I hope someone reading this may realize how easy it could happen to them.

I will not be posting any clear pictures of me or my name due to the fact I don’t want this blog to hinder any employment opportunities.

If anyone has any questions feel free to comment. At this point any interest in the hardship I’m going through will help keeps my determination high!

As of December 12, 2013 I am in the second week of working a temporary job that runs through the end of the year.  I also had a very promising interview on my birthday the other day.  Even with that being said it will still take a couple months to work my way out of the truck.  If you would like to help I have reloadable gift cards from a few different places for food as well as you can contribute to my apartment fund through the gofundme link below.

If you would like to help you can contact me chihomelessguy@gmail.com follow me on twitter @chihomelessguy or can even donate to help me 
Thank you for taking the time to look!

8 thoughts on “About

  1. A friend of mine from our area makes regular trips to Chicago to help the homeless. He gives out snacks, blankets, sleeping bags, clothes and McDonalds gift cards, as he receives donations. Maybe you will run into John one day soon. He operates under the name, Chicago and Michiana Five for the Homeless, inc.

  2. Hi there,
    I’ve read your blog and would like to offer some support. I am one of the representatives for the Albany Park Community Center VETS Program (Veterans Employment and Transition Services). We are a team dedicated to helping our veterans achieve sustainable employment with a commitment to individual dignity, integrity and compassion. Our services focus on employment assistance but also include advocacy on behalf of veterans, supportive services, and a wide referral network. We are veterans serving veterans. Reflecting on the support we received (or did not receive) during our own transition, we want to provide services that empower veterans to self-determination and success. We don’t offer hand-outs, but we’ll offer a hand-up! Your blog shows that you have that same spirit and we would be happy to provide you with the kind of support you need.

    You can read about our agency, our values, and our programs online at http://www.apcc-chgo.org. You can also find out what we’ve been up to lately by checking out our blog at http://apccchgo.wordpress.com/.

    Our offices are located at 1945 West Wilson Ave., Suite 3000, Chicago, IL 60640 and open from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. If you can find a way to come in to our offices or give us a call, one of our VETS Program representatives will be happy to talk with you.

    Semper Fidelis,
    Iris M. Alvarado
    Veterans Employment Specialist
    “As their duty ends, ours begins.”
    _______________________________________________
    Albany Park Community Center
    1945 West Wilson Avenue, Third Floor
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Office: 773.539.3828 – Fax: 773.583.5062
    ialvarado@apcc-chgo.orghttp://www.apcc-chgo.org

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