Sharon “Friend” Jackson became homeless in 2009. Her mood swings and depression had such a tight hold on her life; it ultimately took away everything she had. Her family, friends, job, and home: gone.
She traveled on a bus and walked to Greensboro, North Carolina from Connecticut, to help raise her five-year-old granddaughter. With no money, she made a promise to her granddaughter to help her get through dance school and to help get herself on her feet. She doesn't plan on disappointing her. From morning till dark, she panhandles for three reasons:
-To get her granddaughter in dance school -To enroll in a real estate course -To enroll in a CDL course
She takes three different buses from where she is currently living, to the Citgo gas station located on West Gate City Blvd. We had the opportunity to spend several hours with Ms. Friend Jackson. Being alongside her, we were able to witness for ourselves the struggle she goes through daily to acquire the little money she receives.
It was a beautiful feeling to see someone reach out their window to hand her whatever he or she could. Little do they know, their donation brings her just a bit closer to putting her granddaughter in dance school. Before we said our goodbyes, she wanted everyone to know this:
“Some people can hear me asking for help but don’t even want to look at me. I understand you might not have any money to give to me, but just acknowledging me or saying hello is the same equivalent of any value of money to me.”