Stories from the homeless -  A Yale grad and ex-banker became homeles (318 views) Notify me whenever anyone posts in this discussion.Subscribe
 
From: Mighty Midget of Delphi (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostNov-8 12:14 PM 
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A Yale grad and ex-banker ended up homeless in Los Angeles

Even with an economics degree from Yale and job experience on Wall Street and in Hollywood, the future for Shawn Pleasants looked increasingly glum.

Homeless for 10 years in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles, Pleasants had done little to extricate himself from a cycle of depression and methamphetamine use that began before he landed on the street. He depended on churches and other charities for free meals.
wrote about Pleasants, 52, in September, as part of CNN's coverage of the homeless crisis plaguing California. The notion of a high school valedictorian and Ivy Leaguer who'd built a successful career, then fallen precipitously, garnered a lot of attention. Millions clicked on the story and shared it on social media.
"I started reading it -- and just tears," said Kim Hershman, who'd studied a year ahead of Pleasants at Yale. Though they were barely acquaintances back then, Hershman immediately felt obligated to help, especially after she learned Pleasants' encampment was mere miles from her home.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member IconNov-9 9:26 AM 
To: Mighty Midget of Delphi (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 63) 
 5.2 in reply to 5.1 

Blowing his money up his nose was 100% HIS fault, we need to stop blaming society for drug addiction, it is a personal choice to use $1,500 a day up your nose.

Homelessness related to drug use or abuse is NOT our concern in homelessness, the costs of direct housing may be a societal area of concern but not wasting of self to the demons of addiction.  That is an altogether different issue and the two should NOT be twined as an entity.

 

Warren
 
USCG Engineer 1961-1982
 
 
 
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From: Mighty Midget of Delphi (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostNov-9 9:44 AM 
To: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (3 of 63) 
 5.3 in reply to 5.2 

He did bring his problems on himself, no doubt. The main thing is he finally got helped and back on his feet.  I too have a hard time feeling sorry for drug addicts.  People know better or should, but they get  on heroin, cocaine, meth, whatever, else, that's their choice.  If they come to their senses and want help,  I don't mind helping.  The key there is they have to really want to clean up their act.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Krathyn2 (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostNov-18 6:43 PM 
To: Mighty Midget of Delphi (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 63) 
 5.4 in reply to 5.3 

sometimes it is a chicken or egg issue-did the person become an addict after they became homeless, because homelessness was so hard to bear? Or did they have this problem and become homeless?
I have a problem feeling sorry for addicts, too, but i see a difference between people who are blowing up their chances and BECOMING homeless vs. People who are homeless and become addicts because there is so little else in their world -- the latter are also more likely to want help to get clean... it isn't their norm...

There are few services available even to housed individuals and without an address services are almost impossible to access.

Our society is upside down in not caring for addiction and mental health services for people who need them the most, including the homeless.

 

 

 
From: Mighty Midget of Delphi (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostNov-18 6:48 PM 
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I agree about addicts; they think they won't get hooked and can quit when and if they want to. I don't feel sorry for them either, they brought this on themselves.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Mighty Midget of Delphi (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostNov-18 6:51 PM 
To: Krathyn2 (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (6 of 63) 
 5.6 in reply to 5.4 

True, it could be either way.  

I agree, mental illness and addiction are not taken as seriously as they should be, society shuns them, just shoves them aside.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Krathyn2 (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostNov-18 6:56 PM 
To: Mighty Midget of Delphi (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (7 of 63) 
 5.7 in reply to 5.6 

some people, with proper treatment, might avoid homelessness if they had the access to the treatment they needed.
And some of the homeless people, with some treatment, might seem less scary or troubled to the rest of us.

 

 
From: Mighty Midget of Delphi (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostNov-18 6:58 PM 
To: Krathyn2 (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (8 of 63) 
 5.8 in reply to 5.7 

Bingo, so true!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Krathyn2 (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostNov-18 7:03 PM 
To: Mighty Midget of Delphi (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (9 of 63) 
 5.9 in reply to 5.8 

we have on my corner a guy who yells at people who aren't visible to the rest of us, and he looks and seems real scary. I have seen someone say something really calming to him and then he will act normal for awhile and get on the bus and act normal. When he is calm he doesn't seem scary. 
He is or appears to be unhoused.

(homeless=unhoused=houseless=without an address=there are beginning to be synonyms for this part of our sad human condition) I don't think he is an addict. I think he is mentally ill though.

 

 
From: Mighty Midget of Delphi (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostNov-19 7:33 AM 
To: Krathyn2 (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (10 of 63) 
 5.10 in reply to 5.9 

Or could be a combination of both.  I truly hope he gets the help  he needs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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