This kind of scene, in which B.B. plays a central role, repeats itself almost daily with different characters, all with their own stories, all of them unique, yet many the same.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to somebody.
B.B. explains with compassion, “These people are disconnected. That’s why they’re homeless. They are stuck. Some are smart and some are not so smart. There is so much loneliness and depression. They feel invisible. The public looks the other way.”
To quote Mother Teresa, “One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to somebody.”
B.B.’s strategy for offering help can sometimes be surprisingly simple: “Plenty of times they need nothing more complicated than help getting a state I.D. Without that, they can’t stay in a shelter, get a post office box, cash a check or have any hope of getting a job. Any program, any service they need, requires a state I.D. That’s a big part of my job. I am constantly working to get them the services they need.”