Meet Ricky 2018

Meet Ricky

Ricky is one of those guys that you somehow can’t help but like. He laughs easy, has a kind word for everyone and is the type of guy who would give you the shirt off his back if you asked for it - unfortunately sometimes that kindness gets him in trouble while living on the streets. I can’t tell you how many times his kindness has led Ricky into having to replace his phone. He blames no one but himself every time. He gets back up, dusts himself off and starts over again. His strength in resilience is amazing and beautiful. Ricky shared with us that he is a brave survivor of a suicide attempt and this was the reason for his last round with homelessness. He says that it was his last attempt ever and, “Being homeless sucks. That is all I can say about it. It just sucks.”

In the time that we have known him, the positive constants for Ricky has been his love for drawing and playing music. His fascination with the piano at the REACH Center has in his own words “saved his life”. He will be the first to tell you that he can’t play it, but that doesn’t stop him from finding peaceful Zen moments for himself while beautifully plinking away at it. We are grateful to know Ricky. He is an inspiration with his positive attitude and constant wise cracks that keep us smiling. Ricky has been working hard on getting his own place and it sounds like it is coming together for him finally. So, we want to tell him that we hope to see less of him soon, you know, in that wise-crack good sort of way! Ricky, we are so proud of you! May your new place be comfortable and full of the peaceful music and good vibes you have brought around the Center’s piano. Way to persevere!

~ Adam & Ren


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