A few times in my travels I have run into the same homeless friend. It’s kind of a mixed feeling. I’m happy to see someone I know, yet saddened that in a years time we […]


A few times in my travels I have run into the same homeless friend. It’s kind of a mixed feeling. I’m happy to see someone I know, yet saddened that in a years time we could not get one person off the streets.

When I first met Mohammed it was a cold and rainy Chicago night. Now almost a year later he is still panhandling in the same area.

Mohammed is missing an arm. He was shot six times while gang banging and spent some time in jail. He says God has given him a second chance on life. Even with disability Mohammed doesn’t qualify for SSI because they say he can work. But let’s be real here. Who is going to give a one-armed homeless man with a criminal past a job?

Since Illinois does not pay general relief Mohammed’s only income is panhandling. In the three hours before this interview he made a quarter.

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  • Tom

    They say the average amount of time a solo person stays out on the streets in Sacramento is four years.  That sounds about right, but I would certainly want to know how that is calculated.  This “they” would have to be disregarding people who are homeless very short periods off time.  And then there is the matter of accounting for people who have friends and family and access to ‘pick up’ jobs, so that they are constantly in and out of homelessness.

    Sorry not to have met you when you were in Sac’to a while back, Mark.  Hope all’s well with you.

  • Heidi Massey

    Would be great to get him to Goldie’s Place where they can do dental work and other things to help him. How can we do that? Ideas? I know the folks at Goldie’s place if you don’t. They have a dental clinic. 

  • Syinger

    I can see someone giving him a chance.  With his attitude, there should be a kind-hearted employer out there.  He is an inspiration.  All you have do is talk to him to know he deserves forgiveness for whatever his past is.  I can’t believe the people walking by and what he gets treated like!  Chicago has let me down.  Disgraceful!  Maybe if he got out of Chicago, he could find more opportunities, kinder people who would help get him a job & a safe place.  He already has himself together.  He just needs to find someone who’ll give him a chance.

  • Tacodude98


  • Someone tell me how to get in touch with him!!!! We make good money and Id love to help him out. Its refreshing to see someone not on drugs. Thats why I dont donate:(
    Seriously Im trying to find a way to contact invisible people but cant seem to figure it out. Ill keep looking though…

  • Jim LoBianco

    I am Jim LoBianco, the Executive Director of StreetWise. StreetWise is Chicago’s street newspaper, and we were founded 20 years ago to give legitimate employment o mena dn women living on the streets. I have sent my outreach staff to look for this individual. If you have any information on how we can get in touch with him I would greatly appreciate it. I can be reach at 773-334-6600 ext. 22

  • Gboechat1

    Hi, I’m an English teacher here in Barzil and I came across this amazing site by watching the programme. Then, today morning I ran it to my students and they got mixed feeling about this amazing project which contirbute to raise homeless people’s self-steem. The idea was given and now depend on us to start a new project here in our neighborhood.  Thank you so fo this brilliant idea!!!!

  • Wahidullah_afghan2011

    Name: Wahidullah khpalwak

    Position: cobble stone project manager

    My recommendation: Everyone know the cobble stone work is
    very benefits for all the invisible people and I like cobble stone project if
    we make our city by cobble stone it will be nice, form one side the invisible people
    will work and anther side they will find the foods for their family.

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  • Bailee

    You have an amazing attitude. Trust in the lord, he will never leave or forsake you.

  • Tracey

    A friend sent me this link. It is amazing. I admit, out of self-preservation, I do not look. It is painful to see what we can do against each other. Some part of this brother’s situation is because of society. We punish people for not “playing the game” and not “being right” with the rest of us. There has got to be a way to express yourself without losing everything-even when your expression is out of the mainstream.

  • My name is Brenda I am a christan have never really payed to much attention to homeless people but one day heard a song and and a part of that song said break my heart for what breaks your Jesus and a question rised in my head on what that really ment?? I came to the conclusion that it ment for God to make someone feel what God feels when he sees us…After that I prayed that prayer a couple of days later I way in down town Houston and I saw a homeless man with a cardboard that said homeless need somthing to eat can you spear a dollar God Bless You. After seeing that I cryed so bad like if that persone was a family member.Weeks later I was reading Matthew in the Bible and I came to these verses in the Bible  Matthew 25:31-46
    31 When the Son of Man comes as King and all the angels with him, he will sit on his royal throne,32 and the people of all the nations will be gathered before him. Then he will divide them into two groups, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.33 He will put the righteous people at his right and the others at his left.34 Then the King will say to the people on his right, Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world.35 I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes,36 naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.
    37 The righteous will then answer him, When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink?38 When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you?39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?
    40 The King will reply, I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!
    41 Then he will say to those on his left, Away from me, you that are under God’s curse! Away to the eternal fire which has been prepared for the Devil and his angels!42 I was hungry but you would not feed me, thirsty but you would not give me a drink;43 I was a stranger but you would not welcome me in your homes, naked but you would not clothe me; I was sick and in prison but you would not take care of me.
    44 Then they will answer him, When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and we would not help you?45 The King will reply, I tell you, whenever you refused to help one of these least important ones, you refused to help me.46 These, then, will be sent off to eternal punishment, but the righteous will go to eternal life.

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