Faces of Recovery: Monica, John, Gabe

Not every story of every person I sit down with has a complete “Circle of Recovery” story as the first stories were. But recovery is a process and wanting to be in recovery and looking for ways to do that and stay in recovery is part of the process. That’s really what Recovery Cafe is about. A vitally important place and family to help work towards recovery and stay there.

In San Jose, where the average rent today on a small apartment¬†(886 sq. ft) is $2790, it’s easy to go from having a job and a stable life to being homeless.

This is Monica‘s story. She came into the cafe from having slept outside that night to talk to me. It’s hard to have words to say to that.

“Being homeless means no showers. No bathrooms. You watch your back all the time.”

This is John Duckworth‘s story. If you love music, you will identify with how much he loves it and how big a part if plays in his life. I wish I’d included the little keyboard he carries with him everywhere in this portrait, but he pulled it out to show me only when we were done…
This is Gabe. This is his story.
“Compassion. Second chances. These are important.”

Find every story recorded so far here.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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5 Responses to Faces of Recovery: Monica, John, Gabe

  1. Jane Jackson says:

    Great to see such powerful watercolours and words together. Thank you to all the people who have shared their personal stories and their faces, and thank you to Suhita for seeing and hearing so well.

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  2. Susan Wilson says:

    Very touching Suhita. Your writing is as moving as your drawings. A brilliant project to bring understand to an enormous problem. Thank you.

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  3. rhodadraws says:

    This is a wonderful, moving project! I look forward to seeing more faces, and hearing about the positive effects this series is having on the San Jose community….and beyond!


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