Photographed by Anika Rice, age 18
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André was homeless for ten years. He grew up in D.C. but spent a lot of time in South Carolina. During high school, he was introduced to drug usage and had some “wild” times. He became homeless because of a crack addiction, which took over his life.
On the streets, André had some tough experiences that included getting beaten up and having burning hot coffee thrown on him. But a positive aspect of his homelessness is that he has been able to build a network of people he can count on. Being homeless gave him a new perspective on life.
André hopes to go back to school and get his bachelor’s degree and possibly a master’s degree. He also wants to open a transitional home for homeless people.
Others in Your Story Has a Home Here series
|Mary Virginia Abe||Angela and Nathaniel Anderson||André Colter|
|Constance Jamison||David Pirtle||Eric Sheptock|
|Jesse Smith||Terry Snead||Stephen (Steve) Thomas|