“I completely fell in love with the gym and how it made me feel like I had control and power over something for the first time in my life. I was addicted to getting better physically and mentally.”
“I was introduced to heroin. Heroin invited meth, meth invited fentanyl, and pretty soon, it was just one big, drugged out party of hell. I was sleeping in abandoned houses, porches, outdoor elevators, dumpster enclosures, and sidewalks. I had boils all over my arms and legs, and the wound on my back was highly infected. I smelled like death.”
“Evil can be fought against. An act of kindness is never wasted.”
“Kindness transforms these women into the people and mothers they were meant to be.”
“Every night in the homeless shelter I thought, ‘When will we ever get out of here? Does anyone even care?’ I had to rely on my dreams to escape the reality I was living. So I drank from a glass-half-full, even when failure, hardship, and death sprawled in my life.”
“I guess you could say this is the path laid out for me, and I will continue to walk it as long as I am able.”
João had been living on the streets for three years before he walked into a barbershop asking for a razor so he could trim his beard.