Homeless Nashville

How do you describe being homeless? Growing up in a middle class family, doing all the right things. Then one day, you are on the street.What Happens now?

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Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Now that I am no longer homeless, I still hope to help others. There are a few who truly want off the streets, out of the soup lines. Back to a "normal" way of living. Everyone who is homeless isn't a bum, nor a criminal. There are those that just need a chance. My first day as a homeless person was April 1st, 1997. From then on its been an unreal experience. Not one I would suggest anyone go thru, but one I know I have learned from. I hope in some way this blog helps you, the reader know a little about me. But more important , I hope it helps you understand a little more about homeless people in general.

6.25.2005

Last Post

I have thought long and hard about this and decided that this is my last post.
Several reasons,
1. I don't have my own computer and really don't see myself getting one anytime soon.
2. I thinks its pretty silly to post once every month or so. Readership is next to nothing now.
3. I did what I wanted to do. I started this blog to help others understand about homelessness, and to help myself as well, understand who I was and what I was. I always knew I was a good person, despite the feelings of many people, when they find out you are homeless. I didn't really go into this to find a job, and that was a true surprise. Life takes twists, turns, humps and even smooth stretches. I have had them all and actually don't mind any of them. I know how things can knock you Down to the bottom, I also know how to get up now. Somehow, thru this blog I needed ANYONE, to realize that I was a decent, intelligent, trustworthy individual. I feel I accomplished that.
4. I had my say on homelessness, if you are reading this for the first time, I urge you to check out some of the archives. I don't believe that homelessness is something that is a problem that should be "solved " by the government. I don't think it can be solved by the government. Homelessness needs to be tackled on an individual basis, something we all have seen the government isn't capable of doing.
Homelessness is a social issue that can never be solved, but can be lessened thru cooperation of the local community and local business.
5. Life goes on. I haven't and will never forget this period of my life. I have learned some lessons, maybe even have some scars from it. But my life needs to move on. On to another place, on to another level. I will still work to see that those who actually want a job, want a place to live, are afforded the chance. I think if you forget where you came from, you tend to forget who you are as well.
So, thanks to all who have stopped by, to those who have written, commented and sent their well wishes and support. May each of you find life a little brighter,
My best to you all,
Fred

6.04.2005

6.4.2005

Well, sure been awhile since I have been here in cyberspace.
Thanks Aaron, it was good to get the note from you. I have been working, mostly. Fishing alot as well. The Spring has been fantastic here in Middle Tennessee and I have taken advantage of it every chance I could.
The fishing has been awesome. I have 5 farm ponds to myself and from what I can gather, none of them h ave been fished in several years. I have caught some nice bass, in the 4-5 pound range,and have seen much larger ones roaming the banks from time to time.
Love my job. Plain and simple. Its just suited to me. I am usually on my own. most weeks I work 10 hours Monday - Thursday and 5 on Friday. On Fridays I am litterally my myself as I am the only one that works that day right now. Everyone else takes a 3 day fishing weekend.
My life , same thing, its been 180 degrees the turn around in me. I know if I can see it, it has to be! I laugh ALL the time now. Never have a bad day or one that I dont want to get up and go to work. Most days I am up before the alarm goes off, looking forward to the day.
Only dim part is that I still have friends who are homeless and without steady, living wage income. I have written letters( actually letters, you know, the ones you put stamps on!! ) and made calls, done about everything that I can. I can only hope that soon something breaks for them as it has for me.
All in all, life is good, I am happy, healthy and have a little jingle in my pocket.
Till next time, Be safe.