I don’t always remember their names but I often recognize their faces as I walk through downtown. Each familiar face reminds me of a story.
She was always really quiet in the shelter. She would get up early each morning to try her hand at getting a temporary day labor job. Some days she was successful, some days not.
The last time I saw him he had just been housed in his own home. Today he looks pretty good and so I have hope that he is still housed.
She used to spend all of her time trying to get her children back from foster care. There has been a child with her lately and I wonder if it is one of them?
Sometimes I am not sure if it is a familiar face or not. Faces weather a lot faster when you live on the street, often rendering them unrecognizable in just a few short years. Sometimes I am relieved to see a familiar face – it means they are not dead – and sometimes I am saddened when they do not look well. Regardless, I pass by with a quiet prayer.