Homeless in Paradise

Homeless in Paradise

by Amanda Allagree, member of St. Nicholas', Paradise

Meet Karman and Jack, who live outdoors and struggle to care for each other, and their teenage friend Amanda, who tells their story here.

When I was 8 years old, my mom and I almost lost our house. My mom suffered from Lyme disease, was too sick to work, and couldn’t pay the bills. The only reason we didn’t become homeless was because my great aunt called my mom and told her she wanted to help by buying us a house. We were dumbfounded but grateful; she had given us a safe place to call home.

When the Loaves and Fishes program started at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Paradise, which my family attended, I volunteered there. That’s how I got to know some people who weren’t as lucky as I was. Still, while seeing dirty clothes and sad faces, I heard jokes from people at the tables amid comments on the food, talk of past times and politics. The human spirit prevailed.

One evening, as I was clearing a table of dirty plates, a gray-haired man motioned me over with a goofy grin.

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