Mr. Sanders, 2015

Mariana Zanina

Oil on canvas

I’m from South Jamaica, Queens, New York. Born and raised. I had a good childhood. When I got older I decided to do what I wanted to do. I was hard headed. I wanted to keep on running. I wanted to go on the streets and experience how the world is. When you go out there on your own, you can get depression. I came to the Bowery Mission by myself, with only the clothes on my back. I felt welcome when I came in the door. My mission is to be a better person, a better man. I got two interviews coming up. Five years from now, I see myself with a nice job, my family back together.