Dawn Humphrey

“Sometimes life drags you through $*&t.
Literally, in a beautiful park in Santa Barbara where people have birthday parties and baby showers. Life grabs you by the hair, pulls you across the grass kicking and screaming, people stop and stare but no one moves, life then proceeds to drag you through a nice pile of $*&t, throws you into the back of a pickup truck, takes you to a hotel and puts you in a room with some random hooker. This for me was the most humiliating moment as a homeless woman in SB. As if being homeless wasn’t humiliating enough.

I had to go through whatever it was that I went through to become what I am today. I am proud of who I am today! Most people are shocked when they find out that I used to be homeless. I am able to hold my head up with pride for what I have overcome and for what it is that I do today! I’ve worked with some wonderful organizations over the years helping the less fortunate gain access to housing and other much-needed services. My passion has always been being of service to people, it’s just what I do. Also as an addict, I work a 12-step program which keeps me on point when I’m out in the community.

I’m not one of those people that like to run around tooting my own horn. I do feel like I do more good than harm these days. Which is a nice thing. Most days I don’t go to bed lying awake thinking about all the things I didn’t do. If I’m lying there awake it’s usually because I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to pull off the next day because I can’t possibly do it again!”
~Dawn Humphrey

Nathan Williamson