“Homelessness is always two paychecks away.” – Kris

Soup Kitchen Stories: 2014

Voice of a Guest: Kris

Kris has been coming to the soup kitchen for about two weeks, since he lost his apartment and started living in a homeless shelter.

A Hofstra graduate with an up and coming career, Kris was recently blindsided by financial troubles. “Homelessness is always two paychecks away,” he says.“I never believed that as a kid. But now I know.”

“I got a job for a marketing company, but it turned out to be a scam,” he says. “I put all my savings into it. It’s not a ponzi scheme, but they get you to invest your money. I sank $8000.00 into it before losing my apartment.”

Having never been homeless before, Kris found himself completely on his own, with no local family to go to. “They all moved away from New York years ago…to Miami,” he says.

Using his natural resourcefulness, Kris found both his homeless shelter and Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen with an online search two weeks ago.

“These meals make all the difference to me,” Kris says, as he gets his brief case ready for another afternoon of job hunting. As we spoke, he was surprised to learn that he could get referrals for practical services through the soup kitchen’s social services. He plans to make an appointment with a counselor to discuss options and opportunities. Today he’s on his way to a barbershop using a haircut voucher from Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

“I’m really excited about this,” he says, “I’m going to go get a haircut right now.”

With a new haircut and energy from a healthy lunch from Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, Kris is hopeful about his future.