Walking down Hollywood Blvd, I stopped to talk to a new homeless friend I had met a week before. While we were talking, I noticed a young woman on the sidewalk doing what looked like school work. Sure enough, Amber had a physics textbook out and was doing her homework right there on the streets while flying a sign.
Amber is homeless and putting herself through Los Angeles City College on just GR (general relief) income, which is $220 a month in California. Amber says one of the biggest challenges is finding an abandoned building at night to sleep in so she can get up early to make her morning classes.
I can’t imagine the courage and strength it must take to go to school and be around other young adults while not having a place to sleep or shower. Amber wants to go into the forensic science field, but I have a feeling this strong young woman can do anything she puts her mind to. I just hope and pray the streets don’t distract her from her dreams.