Such a wonderful day outside today. The weather is perfect!
I went and met up with Leeza around 11am and asked if she had lunch yet. She said no then I asked what she would like to eat. And of course she said sushi! I went to Wholefoods at Columbus Circle to get her some sushi and a coconut drink. Also got her a box of energy bar just for her to keep for emergencies. Also gave her $80 this time around since she wanted to do some laundry too.
Today I also go to check on her “homework” that I left for her to do the last time. As you might have recalled, last time I gave her a journal for her to write in it. I wasn’t expecting much written in it but I was totally surprised when she showed me. She wrote 20 pages! Pretty impressive and definitely more than expected. I believe she really has the determination to be better. I hope so too. Each time I give her something to do is actually a test to gauge how determined she is and what she can or cannot achieve. So far she’s passing them with flying colors.
On the inside cover of the journal, I taped on a nice inspirational passage which helped me through my own tough time. I also included the first photo I ever took of her. I also left a space for another photo which I hope will be of her off the streets and be a professional and successful woman! Of course I blanked out her last name and number for her privacy.
Leeza’s Journal entries can be seen from the menu above.
I also added Road To Success on the menu up top so you can see each step and reason behind it that I’m taking in helping Leeza.
I also got her blank card stock and asked her to do some drawings on them. I also ordered some stickers with this website address on it so that she can stick it behind the card. What I wanted her to do is for her to give those out to people that donate to her on the streets. It will train her to not just take handouts. Gives her something to do and also something to give back for those that helped her. Plus it will also promote this website to get the word out. I also go her a plastic art box to store all her work in so it won’t get wet when it rains.
I also checked out some of her art drawings.
Today I went to visit Leeza. I told her about my story on How it all began. . . She understood my point of view and was eager to learn what she can do to get out of being homeless. I also listened to part of her story on how she became homeless. I will update on the complete story next time I see her.
I told her of my ideas in helping her starts with her being more confident in herself. That she must work hard to get out of being homeless. I’ve learned that her dreams before was to become a kindergarten art teacher. She showed me some of her art work which was pretty good for someone in her situation. So I told her that we should focus on her artistic talents. I told her that I would get her some art supplies so that she can use her talents in drawing to create products that she in turn can sell or give to people that donates to her in the streets. We also talked about some ideas on how to stretch her money usages.
I got her a moleskine journal for her to write her thoughts, feelings, ideas, etc. I will update the site periodically with her journal entries. I also got her some daily use supplies like wet napkins, vitamins, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. Also got her some color pencils, sharpener and eraser for her to future her artistic mind. And of course helped her out with $40.
During the time we talked, there were 2 other people that came and helped Leeza out. One guy donated $1. And another lady that was doing promotional stuff in West Elm came out and gave Leeza some promotional foods and such.
It’s a fulfilling feeling when helping people out.
Also my friend Angelica helped out in taking pictures:
Today is the day that changed everything for me. I had a “positive midlife crisis” today and have came to realize I should do something more meaningful with my life.
Today was the first time I actually talked to Leeza more. I went up to her and said that I’ve always seen her around whenever I pass by the area. And each time she was reading a book! I told her that’s what made her different from all the other homeless people I’ve seen.
We talked about how she always like to read books of any subject. And I told her that I would get more books for her. And that’s when I saw happiness in her. I asked more about her homeless situation and a bit about her background.
I then went to get her a new book titled “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. It’s an inspirational book which would be best for her situation. Keeping positive is the best thing you can do while being homeless.
I also gave her $40 and also my number if she ever needed a friend to talk to. We’ve since been in communication once in awhile.
I also took the first photo of her:
You can read the full story on How It All Began . . .
On April 6, 2014, I met 2 amazing people with 2 totally different background. One was an amazing woman who was successful, beautiful and the love of my life . . . and the other one was just a homeless girl. But over time I realize I wasted my time and money on the wrong person. I lost respect for the one I love and had my heart broken badly. And that’s when I realized that I have more respect for the homeless girl than my now ex-girlfriend. That’s when I decided that I think I can help her turn her life around.
Her name is Leeza.