David: So, why are you involved in FreeSpace? What do you like about FreeSpace?
Interviewee: I like the fact that it made me feel like I was…I found home again. I was lost for a long time. I had a lot of tragedy in my life and was going down a path that I shouldn’t have been going down as far as drugs go. And just, I’d left home, where I grew up. I left my family, traveled around looking for something, don’t know, maybe myself. And hadn’t found it. And I walked into FreeSpace and Alanna welcomed me in, open arms. Didn’t question me, didn’t look at me any differently than anybody else. I mean I could have walked in with a suit on or, you know, rags which is pretty much probably what I had on. And she didn’t look at me any differently. And welcomed me in, trusted me and yeah, made me feel like I was a part of something. And I found myself again.
David: So the fact that they opened the doors for you, it was something very powerful for you? It sent a thing in your mind? And what do you do now in FreeSpace?
Interviewee: Everything. I…anything from security to cleaning to opening the doors to getting people supplies to anything, everything. Anything that needs to be done or anything that’s asked of me, I do.
David: Wow. And today you are working fortunately too for people to open the doors to homeless people? That is important to you?
Interviewee: Yeah, yeah, yeah. This is everything to me right now. This is my entire life is making sure that this place is up and running. And working and based on the models that they started or they came up with. And hopefully opening more all over, everywhere.
David: What’s changed before… What’s changed now in comparison of before?
Interviewee: What’s different?
David: Yes. What’s different inside yourself? Do you want to come back on the streets? What changed?
Interviewer: No, hell, no. I didn’t want to be in the streets in the first place really when you think about it. What’s changed? My whole mentality towards people. I didn’t care about anybody when I first walked into FreeSpace. Not one person on this entire planet, not even myself. That’s changed. I’m actually a decent human being now, I think. Maybe, I don’t know, if you can call yourself that.
David: You didn’t care about people before but now…
Interviewee: No, no I was all about myself. Now I’d give somebody my last dollar, you know. Yeah, that’s probably the biggest.
David: I would like to thank you very much. Because it was not easy for you to do a video. I felt that you are doing that not only for you but for people, for FreeSpace. Do you realize that you are inspiring people to change their life?
Interviewee: Yeah, I guess so. I don’t like to think like that, but yeah.
David: I would like to thank you very much. It was great, thank you. It was a very inspiring message.