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Mo

 


“I sleep in the front seat of my truck. I lost my apartment because of my adopted kids. These kids out in the park I mean. I was trying to help them out with a place to stay and they got in trouble and kind of got me into trouble, too. I didn’t mind at the time. I like to get my hands dirty, volunteering and helping the homeless here in Salt Lake City. My goal is to see Al Roker here doing the homeless connection.”
-Mo

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Samantha

 


“I was offered scholarships for my art. I’m not trying to toot my own horn but I like my art. I can say I’m alright at it at the very least. My mom accused me of stealing her phone and she told me she was going to throw all my stuff on the side of the house and that I had until the end of the month to come pick it up. I’m homeless I don’t even have a backpack so I had no way to go pick it up. I know she would never throw away my art though. I know it’s still there I just don’t want to talk to her right now.”
-Samantha

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Cato

 


“I wake up, put my sleeping bag under a bunch of cardboard, then I come down here to the Rescue Mission and I eat lunch, and then I just walk to the library and just chill at the library. Sometimes if I go to the temp agency I can get a days work. After that I just go back to my camp spot and pull out my sleeping gear and go to sleep. Sometimes tweakers come to your camp spot and harass you during the night. One time I was in my tent and I hear this noise at 3 o’clock in the morning and there’s this guy, and he was out in the field with his machete acting like it’s like World War 3 and he’s the only soldier, ya know? And he was just going to town on the bushes and I’m like, this guy might kill me. But I just went to sleep in my tent. I’m like if he comes and kills me I don’t care. I’m so tired I’m just gonna’ go back to sleep. Good thing he never made it to my tent that night.”
-Cato

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D

 


“I was working for a steel company 5 years ago. I was cuttin’ steel and my eyes got so bad that it was gettin’ kinda dangerous. I told them I could do the other parts of my job but I couldn’t pick orders from the lift ‘cuz I couldn’t see them. They just let me go and I’ve been on the streets ever since.”
-D

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Anna

 


“I’ve been living in the park for a year and 8 months. I choose to stay out here. It’s dangerous out there and I feel safer here. I’m actually trying to get a job. I have been looking…I have family close by but I don’t talk to them right now because…I don’t know, it’s just tough. I have a disturbia family, but it’s ok. My kids are alright. I got grandbabies, too! I have 3 kids and 6 grandbabies, 3 boys and 3 girls. But I never get to see them because the family left me here in the park.”
-Anna

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Jason

 


“I was in and out of high school. I have a hard time reading books. There was one book called ‘The Key’ that I read from in jail, but I didn’t even read the whole thing. It was about global warming. The prison systems are all messed up. Our government is falling apart and there’s a lot of bad things going on in the whole world… But I’ve seen some divine miracles and things. I’ve been wandering around the streets helping people. I don’t have to be homeless. I have a mom that I can stay with, but she only lets me stay there when I’m off the drugs.”
-Jason