“It’s difficult wandering the street, jumping from shelter to shelter, people’s floors to people’s couches. This was how my life had been ever since I was learning how to walk. An endless cycle of “where am I going to stay next?” and that feeling of hopelessness when there’s only three dollars left on your food card.

I was about 16 when I moved to Los Angeles. I was staying at a shelter on Skid Row when Maike from A Million Drops was introduced to me during a career class at the Mission. She didn’t come to me with stiff notions and fake sympathetic gestures, she came to change some lives. She and her organization were rooting for me since day one. There was constant encouragement and help and I didn’t feel so small in that big city anymore. I met the most amazing people that I know will always be there for me. Everyone that I met through A Million Drops has bent over backwards to make sure I was and still am okay. They helped me in so many ways from providing me with desperately needed clothes to connecting me with people that could help me find work. Everything that A Million Drops has done for me has given the push that I needed to get myself out of that endless cycle. And not only the push to get me out for myself, but to stay humble and reach out to others that were in my same position. This organization is close to my heart and has helped shape me into who I am today. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be here without AMD.” 

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