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17 Years Ago I Put Homelessness Behind Me

Everyone the United States is 240 years old today. This day is important for me for another reason. I left a homeless shelter and got my first apartment at the Glen Willow apartments in the Willow Glen section of San Jose. It felt so wonderful to have my own place. I slept on a sleeping bag for a while because I did not have a bed. A Catholic Church and another relief agency gave me “hand me down furniture.” I still have some of it today. I rode a bicycle and worked at two exploitation telemarketing jobs to survive. I got the apartment due to a grant of $450 from an agency where Rebecca Snyders Darr worked. That $450 launched my life in a new and a positive direction


About tatamkuluafrica

I am a man who has lived n 6 of the 7 continents. I first arrived in Africa on April 18, 1981. Africa has been a part of my life since. I spent 8 months living in a Xhosa village in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. I was given he nickname Tatamkulu Africa. In Xhosa it means "Grandfather Africa." In April of 1994 I was allowed to vote in the first democratic election in South Africa..I was honored to be part of such a historical moment. It was a beautiful and a magical day.

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