I was living on the streets when I was 9 years old. My friend’s parents would ask me “Why are you hungry all the time? Don’t you have food where you live?” I told them “I don’t have a place to live.”
After a traumatic brain injury, Tracy found himself homeless and lost on the streets of Albuquerque. He was out of money. He had spent the last of it at a motel the night before.
Someone had told him about a different homeless shleter he could stay at. They had given directions but somehow he got turned around and ended up at Steelbridge by mistake. He was standing outside the doors, when a Steelbridge staff member invited him in to get something to eat.
Tracy not only got something to eat, He got a new life.
“I wanted to be a man. A leader. But I ended up becoming a menace to my community. I was destorying it with my gang lifestyle and criminal mentality. I was stealing cars and doing drugs. “
Believe it or not, Alonzo grew up as a very shelted child. “I had grown up as a sheltered kid. But I wanted a different life. My big mistake was not listening to my parents. I rebelled. They told me to do one thing and I wanted to do the opposite.”