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  • This is Glenn.

    He is homeless and a very sweet man. His story demonstrates how work injuries and lack of family support can throw you into a new world, new struggles. He gives us a little of this in his own words about his homelessness. He does still have his computer and was kind enough to send us this:





    Amber & Rex,

    About two and a half years after a major on-the-job injury in late 2007, the Dept. of Labor and Industries decided to close my claim, even though medical evidence shows I'm unable to work they declared me fit and able to work.

    I have been homeless now for a little over eight months.

    Most healthy people who become homeless can find places to sleep which protect them from rain and wind. Although it's very stressful, they can basically take care of themselves. Even so, basic hygiene and other things one needs to do to try to increase your income and recover from homelessness, become very difficult to do. And, if you look like you're homeless, people pre-judge you and consider you an easy target for abuse.

    For me, there have been many problems resulting from my injury that make homelessness a considerable and constant threat to my survival. For example, I need eleven to twelve hours of sleep each night. And, even when I'm taking four pain medications including two narcotics, my pain level is constantly between six and eight, on a scale of one to ten. But, when my memory and concentration difficulties sometimes cause me to forget to take my meds, my pain level shoots up to nine.

    Even with all this pain I managed to learn Web Design at a community college and I'll be using that to help non-profits address the sources of world problems. So, contrary to the common belief that the homeless just want to live off taxpayers money, some of us are trying to make big contributions to our world.

    Glenn




    Glenn is an excellent singer. He loves to do karaoke and will be performing in our art show FACING THE ART IN SEATTLE put on by The Town Theatre.

    The focus will be on creating healthy community through artful exchanges.

    Glenn reminds us, we are all human. We all create. Let's be artists together.
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