Episode 014: Trouble No More

Lindsay Elitharp | Friday, May 29, 2015


Interview with Barry

Homeless for three years before coming to Liberty House, Barry was a proud soldier in the US Army before lightning struck-literally-and he was forced to rejoin the civilian world. Barry had already conquered many of the challenges homeless veterans face: he’d been sober 23 years and he’d worked consistently as an auto-mechanic for most of his post-Army life. But he struggled to manage his finances, and discovered he had the same cancer that claimed his brother’s life during his stay at Liberty House. Listen to his story below to hear about his road to recovery and how his life has changed since leaving Liberty House.

Why Beyond Spare Change?

First, because we believe that stories are the currency of human connection. The sharing of experiences can break down boundaries, forge new paths, and force us to see each other as individuals with complex and varied histories instead of “types” dictated by circumstance.

Second, because anyone who has heard the clink of quarters against pennies, be it in a plastic cup or the bottom of a purse, knows that one has to move beyond spare change to impact chronic homelessness.

Lastly, the show is called Beyond Spare Change out of respect for the work the men and women who have passed through Liberty House have done on themselves and their lives. It’s no mean feat to find work after unemployment and homelessness. It’s no mean feat to struggle with addiction and maintain one’s sobriety. Above all, Beyond Spare Change is dedicated to our hardworking residents.

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