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My name is Demetrios.  I’m 41 years old.  Last night I slept in a church, a shelter called Families Moving Forward.  It was pretty OK, concerning I could be outdoors I’m pretty blessed to be in a facility that can provide heat and food and a warm shower. 

I myself and my four kids became homeless due to the fact that we were staying in a place where the landlord had rented the place to us and then his house went into foreclosure.  He skipped town, we wind up getting a notice to come to court on the door, he lost the property, we couldn’t afford the rent so we became homeless.  And we have a week and have to move a 4-1/2 bedroom house and everything had been in the house like 2-1/2 years.  I really didn’t want to move out of the house due to the fact I lost a daughter in the house so it was a pretty devastating move that I had to make.

My wife is in jail due to some family drama, she wind up getting in trouble and she wind up having to do three years in jail.  This is why I’m currently homeless with the four kids: a one-year-old, three-year-old, five-year-old, and a seven-year-old.

Everyone should experience homeless, just to appreciate the hot water that you leave running on for half an hour, or that electricity, just appreciate the little things that you will miss.  The toilet paper, the dish detergent, the cereal. 

Frederick Douglas said ‘If there’s no struggle, there’s no progress.’  Sometimes you have to struggle in life; things don’t really be what you want it to be, when you want it to be, and how you want it to be and I learned to have patience.