We connected with some amazing people from the Wayfarer 1:1 program to let them tell their own unique stories in their own words. By reading their stories, we hope that we find the compassion in our hearts to treat those experiencing homelessness with respect and love. Our Neighbors each have their journeys to share and we are so humbled that we get to tell the stories of amazing people to the world.
I’m Antonio Terry and I’m from Washington, D.C..
Q: What brought you all the way to LA?
At the time, I was running from the law. But, I’ve been out here 20 years.
Q: What’s the most important lesson you learned on Skid Row?
Living on Skid Row, I learned to face my demons and to take care of myself too – to not hide from my feelings because that’s basically what got me out here; doing drugs. I’m seven months clean now.
Q: What is a quote you live by?
Keep faith and trust in God. I’m not supposed to be here. I know a lot of people say that, but I’m really not supposed to be here. I mean I am, but by the grace of God. And I pray for God to give me the will to do His will.
Telling my story holds me accountable to stay on the path. If I know that it can help someone out there, it helps me to push forward and to keep going.
Q: Who are the people that helped you get to this point?
It’s been seven months since living on Skid Row. March 6th is my clean date. I’d say this COVID situation was one of the reasons why I thought ‘this is too crazy, you know? I gotta change my life.’ And also, The People Concern is an organization that helps people get off the streets and helps with situations like the street life. They helped me out. They helped me get housing. That and God. God first. So now I’m doing volunteer work here with the Wayfarer Foundation which is helping to occupy my time more and help me stay focused because all the same stuff is all around me. It’s all around me in this neighborhood. Being in this situation where I’m helping and passing out stuff, it helps me stay focused and that way I can stay on the path that I’m on.
Q: That’s amazing.
So now I’m in school for drug and alcohol counseling online at Intercoast College. It’s a blessing.