I teared up talking to David today, when I left, I had to cry a moment for him before I walked back into the office, I want to burst out crying now, such a lovely man, so much suffering.
When David was 8 yrs old, he stood and watched his father drown his mother to death in the bathtub, then, four months later, his father took his own life in prison.
Despite the devastating shock of it all, David ended up working 30 years for Boeing as an engineer doing non-destructive testing. He said, "I didn't look like I look now, I had short hair and wore a dress-shirt and tie."
Then, 3 1/2 yrs ago, his wife of 30 years and one of his daughters died in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. David was at work when he heard, he drove home, packed a few things, and never went back to the house or his work, his house was sold in foreclosure.
At the morgue, when needing to identify his wife and daughter, the pain of it all made him snap, he attacked the mortician, cutting him bad, which put David in prison and then a mental institution, until his other two daughters were able to have him released.
He credits the Union Gospel Mission for saving his life, for being there for him, including arranging a hike to the top of Mt. Rainier where he spread the ashes of his beloved wife and daughter.
He has given one of his daughters the second house he had bought on Bainbridge Island and the other daughter a piece of property in Poulsbo, he now lives homeless, trying to heal the pain.
He also uses drugs to self-medicate, to stop the pain, the suffering, he says, "...to stuff the feeling."
I asked David if he needs anything, he said right now he needs a good sleeping bag, a small backpack for when he is riding his bike, size 13 tennis-shoes, and prayers, lots of prayers.
Then he shared that what he really needs is people, people to talk with, to spend just a little time with, he is afraid he'll hurt himself if he isolates himself for too long. I asked if he would enjoy a cup of coffee if someone expressed an interest, he smiled wide and said, "I would love that."
Please dropOFF or sendTO donations for David to:
David Embom - Facing Homelessness 1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle WA 98105. THANKS so very much.
Thank you for the new friendship David; LOVE to you my friend.
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