I've been absent for awhile. I hope you have read a lot of good books in that time. I know I did. One in particular was Breakfast at Sally's by Richard LeMieux. I really liked this book. It gave me a better understanding of those who are less fortunate than I.
Richard had life easy. He has his own business where his children were also employed. He had a big house, several cars, 3 boats, a loving wife. And, he had Willow, his beloved dog.
Then the bottom fell out - the business collapsed - he lost everything, even his wife and children. They didn't understand the deep depression that Richard had sunk into.
Richard writes about his years as a homeless man in Bremerton, Washington, about he and his little dog living in his van, about finding food and friends at Sally's (the local Salvation Army).
Some of the characters Richard meets along the way are people you wouldn't think about a second time, but Richard sees the deep, underlying good in each one, from the preacher who gave him a warm place to stay, a guy called C who was a marijuana-smoker, drug dealer and who became Richard's good friend. The guy who waited so long for help and just as he received it, he passed away. The woman who gathered clothes and distributed them to the homeless and many, many more. Regardless of who they were, you will love them in the end.
The story is one of despair, perseverance, finding a new path in life when things are hopeless. And, it's about the wonderful people (most of them homeless themselves) who helped him along the way.