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Octavius
When I finally meet Octavius, it’s at the Welcome Table. He’s disgusted by my preference to have all foods touch. So naturally, I have to play it up. I stab a bite of pork chop, salad and dessert all at once and airplane it to my own mouth. “Mmmmmm. That’s what I’m talking about.” Meanwhile,...
Eli
In 2015, Eli was at the height of his career in commercial flooring. He was living in a 3,800 square foot home on three acres and was on track to bring in upwards of 300k. By the following year, he found himself bound up with the law, in violation of a probation order and facing...
Kristi
Kristi [part of the Haywood Street Marks & Memoire series]   Kristi is a storyteller’s dream. In 24 minutes and 53 seconds, we cover everything from her Irish-Cherokee heritage, to moments in her retail portraiture career that include, yet are not limited to, producing Ric Flair’s family Glamour Shots at a Charlotte, NC mall. As gratuity,...
Jeffrey
Jeffrey is escorted to my office by Michel from The Steady Collective. He’s agreed to talk with me about the opioid epidemic—how he sees it. Jeffrey is involved in Steady’s Peer to Peer program. This means he takes 100-200 clean needles at a time out onto the streets and hands them out to folks who...
Michael
  This week, I am so grateful to share, in his own words, Michael’s story. Michael has recently become an inspiring member of the Haywood Street family. Yesterday, we received the good news that after nearly 27 years of incarceration, Michael will receive parole in November of 2019. I strongly encourage you to read Michael...
Andre
Andre looks so cozy. He’s in the living room, kicked back in a recliner. A knit blanket wraps under his toes and is pulled tight beneath his chin. There’s a horrible B-movie playing—a surefire induction method for a mid-day nap. I might have left Andre alone if he hadn’t been leaving a trail of great...
Michel
It’s been a long day and I’m headed home. I peek into the office of Steady Collective on my way out. Michel is counting the number of clean needles he has provided to users today. I don’t want to interrupt because the numbers are creeping over 1,000 and I’d hate for him to have to...
Nick
I can count on Nick for all the latest fashion finds from the Haywood Street clothing closet. Today, he is excited about this purple pullover and he’s telling me about all of his other recent finds. Nick is also excited about his new tennis racket and the boxing skills he is learning from his personal...
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