S: Hey Mike, are you from here?
M: For 19 years I’ve been here.
S: What brought you here in the first place?
S: When did you get out?
M: When I was 19.
S: What have you been doing these last 19 years?
M: Living life. Partying.
S: How long have you been with Carmichael?
M: 5 years.
S: Are they good folks?
M: They are. One big happy family.
S: Do you have family around?
M: Yeah I do.
S: Do you see them?
M: I really don’t bother my family.
S: Do you have a place?)
M:Yes I do. It’s an apartment which Carmichael helped me get. It’s an apartment by myself.
S: When you’re not there where are you?
M: Here (Carmichael). Volunteer. Work on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
S: What kind of work do you do?
M: I answer the door for the donations. Then I haul the stuff for the donations to the sorting room and then from the sorting room I put it up for the public. And I help with the housing team to house people and the moves. Help them move in and move out. Help them move into a new place (that would be fun) It is fun. And see their emotions in their faces.
S: Have you ever had to live on the street?
M: I did for two years. It’s tough. Especially in winter.
S: What did you do to survive in the winter?
M: Find the warmest parkade ever. Hope security doesn’t kick you out.
S: Do you mind if I take your photo?
M: Yeah (insert pose)
To help people like this please visit www.carmichaeloutreach.ca or www.maybelldevelopments.com and consider donating or volunteering today.