Welcome to Street Stories

To help you better understand the realities of homelessness, we will interview men from our community with the sincere hope that these stories 'help us to stay in touch with our humanity.'

Anton's story

by E.S. Kraay


After countless hours of talking with homeless men over many years, I fell into the trap of defining homeless men by three characteristics

· he is the product of a broken relationship

· he is addicted or has been addicted to something, and

· he smokes cigarettes 

Although it may be a poor choice of words, I was delighted this morning to speak with a man who defies my long-held description of the homeless man.

Anton has never been married and has no children. He is not alcoholic and does not use drugs, and he does not smoke cigarettes. He is the horse of a different color.

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Each interview will be listed below as a link you can select to retrieve the pdf file.

E.S. Kraay