“Some of the foster homes I lived in were very abusive, physically and mentally. I wouldn’t wish wha

Paul is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He had a tremendously hard childhood growing up. Paul was moving in and out of many foster homes throughout his adolescent life. “Some of the foster homes I lived in were very abusive, physically and mentally. I wouldn’t wish what I had to go through on anyone.”

Paul graduated from Gilman High School and attended Collinear arts college in Baltimore, graduated with an Associate degree. Paul's first job was at The Elephant, a 4.5-star restaurant located in North Baltimore. He would go on to work for multiple 4-5 star restaurants from 1985-1989.  

After work one day, he stopped by a local pizza shop and met this young woman who would change his life forever. They would converse for a bit, and she soon invited him to her place. As soon as they got there, she asked him if he was interested in trying some cocaine. His first thought was no, but he didn't want to seem like a loser in front of her. So he decided to try it, soon after his first hit, he became hooked.

Paul began to lose everything, his house, and his cars. He started committing crimes he never thought he would, just only so he could maintain his drug addiction. From 1993 - 1995, Paul was homeless on the streets of Baltimore. He moved to Philadelphia to attend a recovery home called Stop and Surrender. Paul began to work again during his stay, and he was working so much that he didn't have time to contact his support group or sponsor. He was only able to complete one of the two years before he relapsed. He soon became homeless again.

2 1/2 years ago Paul moved to Greensboro to stay at a recovery home that offered him a place to stay. Upon arrival, he found out that wasn't the case, and the recovery home was trying to send him to California instead. He refused to go and decided to remain in Greensboro.

Paul is currently living at Urban Ministry and has plans to get a job soon at the IRC. Paul has been clean for the past three years!



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