Episode 016: No Bad Neighborhoods

Lindsay Elitharp | Friday, June 26, 2015


Interview with Will, Part One

Will joined the Marines at eighteen, when he found out he was going to be father. “I was young, I didn’t know what to do,” he explains, but Will also believes there’s a reason for everything that’s happened to him. For years, Will struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, but it wasn’t until his father’s death that the gravity of his addiction became clear to him. “When I went to his funeral, I didn’t see my father in the casket, I saw myself,” Will recalls in part one of our interview. Listen to learn more about the process of his transformation and his belief that the only bad neighborhoods are the ones we build in our mind.

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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