Stories

Hands

We talked to B today when we visited the warehouse in Kensington where people "live." He told us he's going to detox tonight. He said that he's been out on the streets for about 2 months, and that he never thought he was hurting anyone other than himself. But he...

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Thanks for listening

Today in Kensington I met T. He rode up on his bike for a sandwich and a blessing bag, and asked if he could have a sandwich for his girlfriend, whose name I guessed from the tattoo on his neck. He told me that he wanted to get out of the vicious cycle he was stuck...

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You treat us like we’re human

Kensington was overwhelming today. It was very cold, so the number of people we talked with was a little smaller than usual. D at K&A borrowed my sharpie to write down a phone number, and then asked if he could keep the sharpie. I hesitated and he said, "I want to...

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You Are Loved

Today in Kensington we met P. He thanked us for the blessing bag we gave him. He noticed that it said "you are loved" on it, and he said that he wanted to share a story with us about that. He was having a really rough day a while back, and was thinking about hurting...

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Gifts

Sometimes when we hand out blessing bags the people we meet thank us in unusual ways. Today, one young guy we met at the Huntingdon el stop was happy to get a peanut butter & jelly sandwich (even though we ran out of water). He took the sandwich, said thank you,...

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Sweet young C

Today on the ave we met C. He's from upper Montgomery County (far from Kensington) and has only been on the streets for a month and a half. Sweet young guy, still looks fairly healthy and very talkative. He was curious about what Angels in Motion does, and kept...

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Cold day on the Ave

Cold, wet, sad, overwhelming day on the Ave again on Sunday. So many people need help and there just isn't enough. My feet were soaked & I was wet from the rain, but I get to go home, put dry clothes on and get warm. Not one single person would choose this life of...

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Some days

Some days in Kensington break your heart wide open with the amount of pain and the loss that you see. They frustrate you with the callous way that those in positions of power treat the suffering. They make you so angry that you are standing in the middle of the...

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People who really need it

There are usually small gestures of kindness that we see from our angels, like this one: This $20 was given to me by a homeless man we met at K&A. He insisted we take it, even after several of us told him to keep it because he needed it. He wanted to donate to...

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Giving back

Today we met "T." He's from Delaware County, but is stuck in Kensington because of his addiction. We gave him a blessing bag, a cold water and a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. He was very thankful. Before he left, he pulled this gift card out of his pocket and...

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True angel

Today we met a true angel on the streets of Kensington. "E" lives in the neighborhood and carries Narcan with him. Someone was overdosing on the el platform today, but the Septa employee wouldn't let E get on the platform so he could administer Narcan. So E waited...

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