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Being homeless in the Cold and Rain Almost Ended Sandra’s Life

Sandra grew up with her brother and sisters in Mission Hills. Her twin sister was the outgoing one. Sandra was the quiet one and lived in her shadow. Sandra has struggled with an addiction to drugs and alcohol for most of her life.

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Miguel Almost Died in the Street and Finds Hope and Housing at Harbor Care

Miguel was born in Mexico. He describes his upbringing as sad. He lost a lot of family members while growing up. Miguel arrived in the USA at the age of 14, attended night school and worked with his father as a landscaper.

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Mary’s Medical Emergency Was a Blessing in Disguise

Mary grew up in Southern California. She had a good upbringing and a supportive family. After high school she moved to Northern California to attend college at Berkley. After she graduated from Berkley, she worked in the bio tech and pharmaceutical industry for many years.

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David Survives Assault on the Streets and Finds Safety and Stability 

David was born in Puerto Rico. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was 12 years old. He graduated from high school, worked various jobs, got married and had kids. Life was going well for David until he lost everything he had and almost lost his life.

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Jackie is no Longer Alone and Homeless

Jackie was born in Santa Monica and grew up in Glendale. She was an only child. Her father passed away when she was 9 years old. Her mother was the only breadwinner and was always working and not around much. Her aunt raised her for the most part.

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Elenar Hits Major Milestones in His Recovery at Harbor Care

Elenar was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Elenar and his three sisters were raised by a single mother. He didn’t have a relationship with his father until later in life. He experienced homelessness as a child. “We were living in a car and would stay at the park. We would wake up,…

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Mario’s Bones are Broken, but His Spirit is Not

Mario was born in East L A and grew up in Whittier. His parents worked hard and provided a good home for him and his brother and sister. Mario finished high school and attended some college. He worked many different jobs over the years. ChallengesMario has had some stretches of homelessness since 2016 that he…

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Michelle Finds Refuge from the Dangerous Streets at Harbor Care

Michelle was born and raised in Norwalk. She and her two brothers had a rough childhood. Her father was abusive toward her, so she ran away from home when she was 14 years old. Michelle fell in with the wrong crowd and got into doing drugs. It got worse when she discovered crack cocaine at…

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Alfred Almost Missed Out on His Chance to Recover and Get Off the Streets

Alfred was born in Los Angeles weighing in at just 4 pounds 13 ounces because of his mother’s drug use. His mother was a prostitute and suffered numerous nervous breakdowns. As a result, Alfred was shuffled around to different family members throughout his childhood. Alfred was around drugs and alcohol all his life. He tried…

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