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Richard


Richard has slept on the streets, under freeways, in parks, and on sidewalks. But today, he is a proud resident of Nickelsville, a tent city named for Seattle’s mayor. From the moment I walked into […]

Richard

Richard has slept on the streets, under freeways, in parks, and on sidewalks. But today, he is a proud resident of Nickelsville, a tent city named for Seattle’s mayor.

From the moment I walked into the “city limits”, Richard made me feel welcome. This interview is taped in front of his home. Richard does a nice job explaining the ins and outs of Nickelsville, such as the rationale for giving each tent an address.

I like Richard. Although his future is uncertain, he has a plan, hopes, and aspirations. He is trying to improve his life. Trying, he says, “to get myself into a more solid structure, a house, and a full-time job.” In fact, out of all the stories I’ve shared on InvisiblePeople.tv and change.org, he was the first to know exactly what his three wishes were.

I hope they come true someday.

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  • http://none Jim Chambers

    This guys problem will be solved when we send the illegals home. Until that happens guys like this with little or no secondary education will have to compete with people that will work for slave wages and live twenty or so to an abode. This guy doesn’t have a chance until we sweep the streets of the illegals.

  • http://moritherapy.org isabella mori (@moritherapy)

    i’m not given much to quoting the bible but these words come to mind:

    the father’s house has many rooms. john 14:2

  • http://janesinsane.com jane

    If only homelessness could be solved by 1 act. Sending illegal aliens home won’t give a homeless person a home. It’s nice to think if we just change 1 thing, we can change the lives of so many, unfortunately, that’s not reality.
    Homelessness is a multi-faceted situation & must be dealt with as such.

  • http://wordofmouthministries.blogspot.com/ iggy

    I used to have great debates with my Hispanic friends who thought at first I was being prejudice until they got it.

    I told them that to keep coming in illegally does not get them the American Dream they seek. An illegal will only be uses and abuse by those willing to exploit them. IOW if you come and get a job as a dishwasher it may pay more than in Mexico, yet you will remain a dishwasher and never be a restaurant owner. The point of being illegal will limit their value and ability to get the American Dream they desired.

    They got it… and even began to tell those they knew what I was saying. Some agreed that they were now caught in this cycle of low income/illegal jobs and understood that they could not move up.

    Until we begin to communicate the importance of legal immigration and crack down not on the illegals but those who hire illegals then the issue will begin to go away. Those once finding illegal jobs will not find them and then seek legitimate means of employment.

  • http://oxymoronredundancyparadoxtrap.blogspot.com Benjamin Ady

    Jim,

    I’m a little confused. I’m just wondering about the illegal immigrants who are homeless. I’m wondering how deporting them is going to solve their problem?