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Alive, America, and Asian: did you know? Photographer Diana Kim, whose father abandoned her when she was 5, wanted to document the lives of the homeless. Searching for subjects on the streets, she came upon a thin and distant man in rags who looked somewhat familiar. It was her father. By fate or by chance, she'd found him after 25 years. PHOTO: DIANA KIM DIDYOUKNOWBLOG.COM did-you-kno: He had schizophrenia. He didn’t recognize her. She did everything she could to connect with him, but he refused treatment, medication, food, or new clothing. Eventually, he said to her: “Diana, I am so sorry for not being in your life. I am so happy that you have a family of your own now. Do better for them… … Don’t worry about me or what everyone says about me. If you want to make me proud and happy, be there for your family the way your mom and I never were. Stop trying to save everyone…just worry about yourself and your family. And don’t forget why I named you Diana, you are the light within the darkness.” So she refused to give up. After suffering a heart attack, he agreed to get help and slowly took control of his own life. One day he suddenly called her to invite her out for coffee. Later that afternoon, she wrote on her blog: “I feel like I just met my father for the first time today.” “I struggled to reconcile my feelings toward my father’s absence in my life, while continuing to care deeply for him and other homeless individuals.” “Over time, I learned to navigate through my feelings of desperation and became more vocal in my community about my father’s condition and what it’s like to watch a loved one battle mental illness.” He is now doing very well, and they are rebuilding their relationship from the ground up. “So long as we are alive in this world, every day is an opportunity to take hold of that ‘second chance.’ There is no failure unless you give up, and he never gave up. And I haven’t given up on him.” Source
Alive, America, and Asian: did you know?
 Photographer Diana Kim, whose
 father abandoned her when she
 was 5, wanted to document the
 lives of the homeless. Searching
 for subjects on the streets, she
 came upon a thin and distant man
 in rags who looked somewhat familiar.
 It was her father. By fate or by chance,
 she'd found him after 25 years.
 PHOTO: DIANA KIM
 DIDYOUKNOWBLOG.COM
did-you-kno:



He had schizophrenia. He didn’t recognize her. She did everything she could to connect with him, but he refused treatment, medication, food, or new clothing.


Eventually, he said to her: “Diana, I am so sorry for not being in your life. I am so happy that you have a family of your own now. Do better for them…
… Don’t worry about me or what everyone says about me. If you want to make me proud and happy, be there for your family the way your mom and I never were. Stop trying to save everyone…just worry about yourself and your family. And don’t forget why I named you Diana, you are the light within the darkness.” So she refused to give up.
After suffering a heart attack, he agreed to get help and slowly took control of his own life.
One day he suddenly called her to invite her out for coffee. Later that afternoon, she wrote on her blog: “I feel like I just met my father for the first time today.”
“I struggled to reconcile my feelings toward my father’s absence in my life, while continuing to care deeply for him and other homeless individuals.”
“Over time, I learned to navigate through my feelings of desperation and became more vocal in my community about my father’s condition and what it’s like to watch a loved one battle mental illness.”
He is now doing very well, and they are rebuilding their relationship from the ground up. “So long as we are alive in this world, every day is an opportunity to take hold of that ‘second chance.’ There is no failure unless you give up, and he never gave up. And I haven’t given up on him.”
Source

did-you-kno: He had schizophrenia. He didn’t recognize her. She did everything she could to connect with him, but he refused treatment, m...

Fresh, Google, and Homeless: Meet Mason Wartman Mason left his job on Wall Street to start up his pizza business in Philly Mason sells a slice of pizza for $1 in his restaurant His customer's started paying it forward by paying for a slice pizza for the next person s of ROSA'S FRESH PIZZA 4o a0 eNeR WANTED Mason places a pay it forward 'post-it' on the wall osas Whenever someone hungry comes in they can just grab a post it off the wall to pay for their meal, Mason's restaurant feeds around 40 homeless people every day I think this is awesome! If you want more info on this guy, you can google it. He's all over the interwebs. pardonmewhileipanic: caedons: disaster-superhero-sluts: jessicalprice: mjandersen: I have been here, multiple times!  By referring to the order as a “Little Rosa”, you don’t have to make as big a deal out of the fact that you’re seeking help. And believe it or not, it gets better. Rosa’s also gives out sweatshirts to the homeless (or sells them to the general public) that has information on local soup kitchens and even computer training in the area, on an insert sewn inside the sweatshirt. (Details) Reblogged again for these excellent details. Also you can buy slices for the homeless through their online store, from anywhere, not just PA! here is the link for anyone who wants to buy slices for the homeless thank you for the comment about buying online! I am in canada but would love to help PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST
Fresh, Google, and Homeless: Meet Mason Wartman
 Mason left his job on Wall Street to start up
 his pizza business in Philly

 Mason sells a slice of pizza for $1
 in his restaurant

 His customer's started paying it
 forward by paying for a slice
 pizza for the next person
 s of
 ROSA'S
 FRESH PIZZA
 4o
 a0
 eNeR
 WANTED

 Mason places a pay it forward
 'post-it' on the wall
 osas
 Whenever someone hungry comes in they
 can just grab a post it off the wall to pay for
 their meal, Mason's restaurant feeds around
 40 homeless people every day
 I think this is awesome! If you want more info
 on this guy, you can google it. He's all over
 the interwebs.
pardonmewhileipanic:

caedons:

disaster-superhero-sluts:

jessicalprice:

mjandersen:

I have been here, multiple times! 

By referring to the order as a “Little Rosa”, you don’t have to make as big a deal out of the fact that you’re seeking help.
And believe it or not, it gets better. Rosa’s also gives out sweatshirts to the homeless (or sells them to the general public) that has information on local soup kitchens and even computer training in the area, on an insert sewn inside the sweatshirt.
(Details)

Reblogged again for these excellent details.

Also you can buy slices for the homeless through their online store, from anywhere, not just PA!

here is the link for anyone who wants to buy slices for the homeless

thank you for the comment about buying online! I am in canada but would love to help
PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST

pardonmewhileipanic: caedons: disaster-superhero-sluts: jessicalprice: mjandersen: I have been here, multiple times!  By referring to ...