Dave heads back into the city he calls home.
After about a month of little contact, Dave and I were able to connect this morning. As we headed to and from Rock Harbor, he shared his feelings, thoughts, and hopes.
(If you missed the last post about how we lost contact, as well as the letter Dave gave me to post for you, click here.)
Having passed the 1 year mark of being without a home, his spirits are challenged. Not only is it hard being on the street, but he’s also seeing friends affected by drugs and alcohol. Others have become “comfortable,” and their lack of desire to change their lifestyle worries him.
Dave is tired, dirty, sleeping poorly, and a bit depressed — but remains hopeful that the OC Rescue Mission will provide a gateway to getting back on his feet. Click here to read a post about my visit to the amazing OC Rescue Mission.
That said, I’m continually amazed by his ability to easily interact with others, and socialize with people he barely knows. I saw that (again) today, and it reminds me what an amazing person lies beneath the tired exterior.
This past week, Dave’s backpack was stolen, which unfortunately contained a lot of his basic necessities. I asked him what he needed, and while he hesitated to ask for anything, he finally relented and gave me a list of things he needs most.
If you feel led to contribute, I’ve provided a few ways at the bottom of this post:
- Phone charger (not for iPhone, but the kind that looks like a small USB); his last one was stolen
Verizon phone card, for his pay-as-you-go phone
Size 10 shoes; his current shoes have holes in the them from walking and facing the elements
Backpack; his trusty companion was recently stolen from outside Starbucks (including everything in it)
Hair cut, if anyone works in a salon or is willing to help, please let me know
Bus pass, which helps him get to places he collects cans, check his mail, and hopefully soon, interview at the OC Rescue Mission
Again, do not feel you need to do anything. I told him to have no expectations, but that I would bring these needs before you, Team Dave, and we’ll see what happens.
Here’s how you can contribute:
- Give me the items (if you know me personally, you know how), or arrange a way via the comments below
Care of David Rosendahl
30 Corporate Park, Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92606
In the comments, please let me know if you have any questions, or if you are able to meet any of the needs so that I can cross them off.
Thanks for joining me in this journey!