I'm from California. Originally, I'm from Delano, California, in Kern County by Bakersfield. Yeah, I did a lot of prison time, mostly my whole life. Finally, for the first time, I came out, got everything the right way. You know, got my house, my car. My kids are doing cool. College funds, everything. Finally, the first time in my life I ever did it without taking it, or cooking some drugs and selling it.
And I lost my daughter, and then the next day, a young friend of mine named Cel, he got gunned down. my friend Rudy, he's 46, 47 years old, tattoo artist, he's like a dad to me, he got hit by a train because he was drunk. And, you know, I crashed. I went into drugs, wanted to kill myself, kept trying.
There's a lot of homeless like me, too, ain't just homeless because they want to be, you know? It's because something traumatic happened to them in their lives. And I've had a very traumatic childhood, getting molested at a very young age for a whole year by several different men when I was seven. I started using drugs when I was eight years old to forget. Because my cousin went through the same thing, and he told me, "This helps." So I been in and out of drugs, prisons, institutions my whole life.
First time in my life I ever ate out of a trash can and never thought I would. And I got sick. And then I ate out again. We gotta be doing stuff like that. Degrade ourselves a little bit. Just because we hungry. Holding up a sign, that's embarrassing for me.
Maybe somebody went through some of the things that I went through. When they hear my story, or they hear somebody else's story, that person could help that person. And I could help this person. There's always somebody out there for somebody that could help them, you know?
God went through a lot of pain for us. I'm gonna go through a lot of pain, too. I'm doing it for everybody else. I want to make money and do good for myself, so my family could see me finally be the man that I need to be. But also, to help out a lot of homeless out here.