— We all see people experiencing homelessness and hunger everywhere in the streets of New York; their number has never been so high since the Great Depression. But we rarely know who they are, what their story is and how exactly they survive in such a harsh environment.
I have spent several months behind the doors of the shelters and in the programs of the Bowery Mission, the largest and oldest NGO taking care of New Yorkers in need. I met New Yorkers who are not “just” without a home. They are disconnected from their family and any kind of social relationship; they have no more trust in others or themselves; they have lost their sense of identity. But they are still here, -struggling.
Those survivors of our contemporary world can teach us much more than we think about life, resilience and the importance of spirituality. They are wiser than many of us. I dedicate this work to those who have the courage to stand up and fight for their dignity as human beings.
“I did the whole program at The Bowery Mission twice. I’ve been literally saved from death. The number one lesson I have from my whole life is to never give up.”