prized possession : blanket
On only is third day living outside, Hugh laughs, “It’s a long story.” The down to earth 48-year old from Pueblo, Colorado, reluctantly agrees to take part in the project but worries, “If my mom sees this, she’ll be so embarrassed. Ah, what the heck I’ll do it,” he says with a big grin. New to the streets, Hugh’s mental stability, intelligence, and motivation to make a change are quickly apparent. “Next week, slots open for this program they have going. The New Life program. They give you a bed, you do dishes, keep order. Work to live together.” Regardless, he makes the best of his current situation today. “For me right now its not so bad.” He sits across the street from the crowded park of other homeless folks. “There’s some bad things going on over there. A lot of drugs. I stay away.” Even with a good head on one’s shoulders, he is a reminder that nobody is immune to “life bringing about a lot of twists.”
Prized Possession: Hugh’s quickly learned the importance of a good blanket. His blanket is his most prized possession. “When you gotta sleep on the streets, it keeps you warm. Even shelters have thin blankets. Most everyone out here has a blanket or something.” Hugh continued to radiate positivity, happily smiling from ear to ear for his photo.