Faces of Recovery

Faces of Recovery

These are the faces and stories of recovery. Stories of resilience, hope and dignity. In this ongoing project I sit down with members of Recovery Cafe San Jose. These men and women share stories of their life while I draw them. 
Many of us know of addiction and homelessness through statistics and reports. No names, no faces, no real people: the sort of data that makes empathy, understanding and kinship difficult. Through these individual stories, I hope a different narrative emerges. One in which we will be astounded by the human spirit and it’s ability to overcome what seems unsurmountable. One that helps put a personal face to homelessness and addiction.

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This is Izeda.
“You could make a movie of my life. Quentin Tarantino should direct it.”

1_Izeda
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This is Diana.
“I shared my story. I stopped feeling dirty. I felt free.”

2_Diana_Wildflower
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This is Rosanna.
“Because of Recovery Cafe, now I can say it was great to be alive.”

3_Rosanna
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This is Tony.
“You learn to watch your back in prison. You do your time. You get out.”

4_Tony
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This is Alan.
I decided “You owe yourself a better life.”

5_Alan
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This is Agustin.
“I was ashamed. (Now) I smile. I am light.”6_Agustin

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This is Cindy White.
“I left home at 17 and it took me until I was almost 30 to complete high school but I did. I persisted.”

10_CindyWhite

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This is Toni.
“After 20 years of homelessness I’m in independent living now.”

11_Toni

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This is Mike.
“Recovery Cafe fills that need for family in my life.”

12_Mike

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This is Perry E Jackson.
“This is my safe haven. I show up and talk to people here. It’s the least I can do to give back.”

13_perry
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This is Hector Schneider.
“I paid rent to my parents since I was 13. I worked 4 jobs for the money.”

13_hector

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This is Rose Isabella.
“22 years ago I decided to go clean. Why? Because I had to, to not lose everything.”

14_Rose_Isabella

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This is Monica Lopez.
“Being homeless means no showers. No bathrooms. You watch your back all the time.”9_monica_lopez

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This is John Duckworth.
“Here at Recovery Cafe we want to blur the lines…Everyone is included.”7_John_duckworth

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This is Gabe.
“Compassion. Second chances. These are important.”
8_Gabe

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This is Nat Duran.
“I’m clean now. I say hi to people when I meet them.”
nat_face

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This is Matthew.
“I volunteer in the kitchen here at Recovery Cafe twice every week. It gets me out of bed, it makes me feel productive.”
matthew_face

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This is Linda Rogers.
“My daughter says to me: The light in your smile hits your eyes again.”
linda_rogers

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This is Dean Chen.
“At Recovery Cafe everyone is here to improve themselves. I like that.”
dean_chen