Richard, 2015

María Paz

Oil on canvas

I got off the bus at Port Authority and just started walking. I didn’t know where I was... There were tall buildings everywhere. I was just amazed to be in New York. I had a gut feeling I could improve my life here. But I had to take a risk… and that led me to be homeless. I came to the Bowery Mission, and it left a mark on my life that would never get erased. I love it, that’s why I come back and volunteer, now that I have a job.

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