Robert, Fort Wayne, July 20, 2018. .
Robert has been on and off the streets for some time (he didn't say how long, only that he'd been out of the rescue mission for a couple months at the time we met him), having come to Fort Wayne from Indianapolis, where he was also homeless. He explained that his reason for leaving Indy was to get away from many of the things and people that he felt were detrimental to his individual progress, including his struggle with alcoholism and drug use. In speaking with Robert, I appreciated his candor and his blunt honesty in speaking about his situation and how he got there--he took ownership of the choices in his life that have brought him to where he is now, without any blame for anyone or anything else, and while he genuinely wants to change, he's fully aware that he's stuck in a world where the change he wants is dependent on a system that doesn't have the resources to truly help him--and sometimes doesn't want to really allow people like him to truly help themselves.
Photo by @robsalem156 .
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