CharlesCharles originally came to San Francisco from Fresno. Charles is a pastor and was inspired by his mission to build a church in the City. “We have an organization back home where we disciple young ministers and send them to different cities and they basically find a location and establish their faith until they get funding”. Charles was on his way to City Hall when he noticed a group of people gathering outside. “There’s been a lot of lines since I’ve been here in San Francisco and I said to my friend, “Well, let’s go see what they’ve got.” That’s how Charles, fortunately, came upon the services at the Project Homeless Connect event.
Some of the highlights for Charles at the PHC event were when “the lady took my coat for me. It was nice you know. Very nice.” He enjoyed a lovely dining experience and had an opportunity to get banking services. He would later get a haircut and podiatry services provided by PHC. “The event was a fun little get-together” for Charles and he’d gotten so involved that time went fast for him while meeting other people. What touched Charles the most in the two hours that had gone so quickly for him was “the fact that there’s a lot of people coming together. It’s inspirational.”
Charles wasn’t staying with friends in the City but he did have shelter. He felt that San Francisco has so much to offer that there’s no way the homeless have to be on the street. As a single gentleman, Charles was taking it day-by-day and planned to follow-up on the information and services he had obtained at the PHC event.
So, what is Charles Brown’s dream? He hopes to open a work program for the homeless in San Francisco so “they can begin to pull their own weight versus staying dependent on others.” Charles Brown’s determination, warmth and humor along with the help of PHC services will, undoubtedly, help his big dream to come true because as he says, “San Francisco is something else!”