Alfred Perez went from being well-off to sleeping on buses and in train stations. He became homeless when he got laid off from his job. "I think the recession was just really starting to roll in.. was more like a depression so there was just no work available," is how he describes losing his job. However, unlike most of the homeless population, Perez knew he had resources to help him when he had nowhere to go.
Social services helped him find Grace Baptist Church where they have provided him with meals and a place to bathe weekly. Yet cruel bus drivers and government authorities make it a challenge for him to find shelter or a place to sleep every night. Grace Community Center is one of the few places Perez receives help from and he sometimes travels as far as Mountain View seeking food and services as well. "I can at least help out when I have no money to earn my meal," is what Perez shared as one of the things he appreciates most about Grace’s Center.
Ever since he’s been homeless and jobless, Perez has been applying for anything and everything in hope for a new start. His fear is that since he is a older, companies aren’t looking for people his age to fill open positions and that by now he thought he would be back on his feet." I was hoping this would be over this Christmas," he shared. But through all these struggles and obstacles life has thrown at him, he doesn’t give up hope and remains positive that one day he’ll be back to where he once was in his life, employed.