Washed Clean

Bruce grew up in the ghetto. His mom was working, and his dad battled alcoholism, so Bruce was often left to himself.

He found a job after high school and saved enough money to buy a car. He aspired to be a driver for the disabled. But sadly, life took a turn for the worse. “I got involved with the wrong people,” he says. He fell victim to their negative influences, including alcohol abuse, and before he knew it, his dream was shattered. “I lost my car. I lost the respect from my family… everything.”

He ended up homeless. Bruce describes the streets as cold and tough: “Nobody really cares about nobody.” He had nothing and says he “wandered around for so long… looking for a way off of the street.”

That’s when Bruce says “blind faith” brought him to the Mission. He remembers how good it felt to be treated like a human being. “If it wasn’t for the Mission, we wouldn’t have any clothes, any place to wash up and at least feel clean,” he says.

He found a job after high school and saved enough money to buy a car. He aspired to be a driver for the disabled. But sadly, life took a turn for the worse. “I got involved with the wrong people,” he says. He fell victim to their negative influences, including alcohol abuse, and before he knew it, his dream was shattered. “I lost my car. I lost the respect from my family… everything.”

He ended up homeless. Bruce describes the streets as cold and tough: “Nobody really cares about nobody.” He had nothing and says he “wandered around for so long… looking for a way off of the street.”

That’s when Bruce says “blind faith” brought him to the Mission. He remembers how good it felt to be treated like a human being. “If it wasn’t for the Mission, we wouldn’t have any clothes, any place to wash up and at least feel clean,” he says.

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