Hey y’all. Please join us this Saturday, April 13th during our Open Workshop shift from 11am-3pm. All donations during this shift will go directly to one of our volunteers who is trying to make it back home to Key Largo, FL. It’s an interesting story.
This volunteer came to us a few months ago and his efforts and commitment to our community have been almost as outstanding as his incredible journey here. He has done so much to help us over the past few months that we are reaching out to all of you to help him on his journey.
In October of last year, he was living in Maryland and heard that his mother, a New Orleanian, had taken ill. Having been out of work yet determined to see his mother, he decided to ride a bike here. He arrived in late November just a few short days after his mother’s passing. What’s problematic is that with no other family here, he became homeless. Despite this dire situation, our friend took to homelessness with the utmost resourcefulness. In January, in need of transportation after his bike got stolen, he heard about Plan B from other members of the homeless community and completed an Earn-A-Bike program. Since then, he’s always at Plan B whenever we’re open and is always committed to helping. His commitment is amazing and in his own words, “It gives me something to do”.
Over the months we’ve gotten to know him and everything about him is impressive. He’s a veteran and is one of the humblest, sweetest guys you’ll ever meet. He’s strictly sober and his homelessness is completely situational and is something that could happen to any of us, given the same set of circumstances. (Not to say that any type of homelessness is acceptable, but hopefully you understand where I’m coming from.) He’s also very reluctant to accept hand-outs or help. He didn’t even want to get Food Stamps, but we recently bullied him into doing so.
It should come as no surprise that living on the streets is hard, but what’s shocking is the number of violent situations, theft, and hard times that the homeless have to deal with. Even when all of his gear and his bike was stolen, he handled it with a positive attitude and just kept going and showing up to help out. In a conversation with him a few nights ago, we discovered that he had a place to go to in Key Largo, Florida. We offered to help him raise funds to take a bus or a train there. He said he would think about it. He came back to us and told us that he wants to ride his bike there and use the trailer he constructed at Plan B. This is our effort to help him accomplish that admirable goal.
We asked him to write a wish list of supplies for his journey. In addition to this, we’ll be raising funds for his journey and supplying him with as much extra bike gear as we can. If you happen to have any of this laying around or can help out in anyway, please get in touch. You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 504-272-7266. Of course, you can always drop off anything at Plan B and we’ll make sure he gets it. In fact, he’ll probably thank you himself. We’re respecting his wishes to not make his name public on the internet, so if you’d like to meet him, just stop by. Here’s the list:
-2 man tent
-8 x 10 tarp
-Camp cooker set (ie pots, cup, plate, skillet) and utensils
-Collapsible fishing rod and reel
-Fishing line and hooks
-Ropes (three different sizes)
-Flashlight and batteries
-Soap, shampoo, and deodorant
-First Aid kit/Snakebite kit
That’s about it. Think you can help out? Please let us know or stop by on Saturday. Thanks so much y’all!