Frederick "Generous People"

  Photography by    Randy Bacon

Photography by Randy Bacon

I was born in Muscatine Iowa. My ex girlfriend in Davenport, Iowa brought me out to Springfield. I’ve been homeless off and on since ’99. I moved here in 2010, I moved to Aurora. I was with a gal down there for awhile. Right now I am happily homeless. I have a homeless camp I’ve been staying here recently, but it’s about to move to a different location.

For me, the hardest thing about being homeless, with my bad knees and stuff, it’s just getting around. Actually the hardest thing for me is I don’t have my emotional support dog. I just need to get another one. I need a new dog. I’m not going to take it back from the little girl that my ex-best friend gave it to. I’m just not that cold hearted. That dog, she was my baby. I changed her life, she changed mine.

My advice to others is to be kind to each other. Basic morality that most people seem to forget. I’ve been on top a few different times. This is my fourth time being homeless - it can happen to anyone. No one should think they’re better than anyone else just because they’re not on the street. Some of the best people I know live on the street. The most kind, generous people you could meet.

(Story chronicled in 2016)