Bubba’s empathy serves as a reminder for all to discover a sense of understanding for others.
Bubba sat down with us on a park bench and shared his heart wrenching story, one of battling homelessness and addiction.
“I go by Bubba, like hubba bubba bubble gum and I have spent the better part of the last 30 years on the streets. My first memory is of my mom getting beat by my real father. I remember some of those beatings, but not very well because I was so young. I have three younger brothers and an older sister. I was molested as a child and to this day it still hurts me....
Sneak peak...the utilization of the architecture did not stay the same overtime and changed from animal control to human control--a switch that comes full of shame. The overarching goal of the architecture aims to keep homelessness hidden from the public eye.
Growing up on the East Coast, Lucas experienced his first battles with addiction at an early age. “I had a great childhood. My family is Italian, Roman Catholic and I grew up in New Jersey. My mom’s side of the family had a lot of money so my brother, sister, and I never wanted for anything as children. Both of my parents had drug problems though. My dad did cocaine and my mom heroin. All three of us children also suffered from addiction. I am not close to either of my siblings. My younger brother is supposedly sober, at least that's what I hear from my dad. My sister is out west somewhere still doing drugs. When my mom died, I started to spiral even more.”
A snippet from this week's post... We look to offer more insight into the homeless plight facing La Crosse. We continuously scour articles and search for underlying thoughts toward those who experience homelessness. Feelings for some result in hope for shelter from the elements, recovery centers, legislative change, deep pockets, yet rarely acceptance.
Most album covers share a synopsis about the featured artist. Our artist, Richard, painted us a picture of his own life’s album. He conveyed the different mats and grooves of his own record, starting with his childhood. “I had a very messed up childhood, it was really bad. My mom was a gambler and my father was an alcoholic. He [my father] was part of the Marine Corps and a plumber. I spent my time in taverns with my dad. I started smoking marijuana and drinking when I was twelve. As time went on, I was taking LSD and heroin. I have two sisters and they raised me along with my mother and grandma. They meant well, but they did everything for me. At 17 years old, I left home. I was confused, bitter, and just really experiencing all the feelings that come with childhood trauma.”
Fue Yang represents a provider, part of the solution, and a glimpse of hope for those experiencing homelessness. He shared about how his current role enables him to support those in our community who encounter homelessness. “I have been doing homeless outreach for Independent Living Resources for about a year-and-a-half now. In 2018, I began working as a part-time Community Skills Trainer at Independent Living Resources… and I have been in my current role for the last year and a half. The main priority of my position is to fill in the gaps of missing services.
For Chris, his hope for better days shines brighter than his current conditions. The sun shone bright, but the wind and looming threat of snow hung heavy when we talked with Chris. Rather than complain about his current situation, he met us with kindness, compassion, and love when he began to share his story. “I had a rough childhood and grew up without a father. My grandfather had to be my father and my grandfather. As they [my grandparents] got older, my family wanted to put them in a nursing home so that they could have the house and the land. However, my grandparents and my mother asked me to take care of them [my grandparents]. I didn’t think twice about it [taking care of my grandparents]. Any person in their right mind would care for their family if asked.”