This blog began with the fiftieth anniversary of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the express purpose of telling the stories of ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things without regard for recognition or reward. It has evolved into lessons about governance and citizenship as well as stories about courage, compassion, and sacrifice. In May 2014, this blog begins to feature those who have little but persevere.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Homeless in Springfield, Missouri: Brothers Damien and Ken
Ken (left) and Damien (right)
I met Damien on a crisp fall day in Springfield on the downtown square. Several men were gathered on the stone steps, smoking and talking. When I sat down with them, they eyed my camera with some suspicion.
After we talked for a few minutes, Damien opened up and explained that his meds were not working well, that he had been in and out of mental illness treatment his whole life, and he had always lived on the street. When I asked about family, he pointed to the man sitting nearby and said that was his brother who just got out of the pen.