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Gotta Find a Home [EPUB] ✵ Gotta Find a Home By Dennis Cardiff – Writing about the homeless and helping the homeless has given my life a purpose that it didn’t have before Documenting their stories will I hope introduce them to the public in a non threatening way Writing about the homeless and helping the homeless has given my life a purpose that it didn’t have before Documenting their stories will I hope introduce them to the public in a non threatening way Some panhandlers look intimidating but that disappears when one sees them laugh A typical day for me involves taking the bus and walking two blocks to work I pass Joy’s spot every day I usually sit and talk with her for twenty to thirty minutes Chester and Hippo may drop by to chat Most afternoons Gotta Find PDF or depending on weather I walk two blocks to the park where the group of panhandlers varies in size from two to twenty or They don’t panhandle at the park Like a soap opera every day is different; some scenarios will carry over a few days or weeks People will disappear for weeks or months due illness rehab programs or incarceration When I met Joy I was going through an emotional crisis Meeting her and her friends – worrying about them and whether or not they would be able to eat and find a place to sleep – took my mind off my problems that then seemed insignificant It was truly a life changing experience.

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 355 pages
  • Gotta Find a Home
  • Dennis Cardiff
  • English
  • 23 September 2016
  • 9780989931892

About the Author: Dennis Cardiff

Find a Home Conversations with Street People.

10 thoughts on “Gotta Find a Home

  1. Nzfiend Nzfiend says:

    Originally interested in street photography myself I stumbled over Dennis via our occasionally overlapping blog postings on Wordpress He liked some of my stuff so I read some of his Instantly identifiable Emphatically told stories of the real life city dwellers that capitalism creates and spits outDennis is a good man And the people whom allow him into their lives in such detail honest and open manner are worthy of being presented to the world at largeCan only suggest that PHOTOMAN777777 from Instagram Photoman on WebStagram and Mr Cardiff do something world changing with their work Changing one life is awesome Getting that one person to help another is brilliant Treating others better than you were treated yourself is the answer to life the universe and everything

  2. Ioana Ioana says:

    I was very curious about this book Gotta Find a Home Conversations with Street People by Dennis Cardiff The title and the description of the book were the things that caught my attention However for some reason the beginning was pretty rocky It made me wonder if maybe this is the sort of book that you read in slices a bit now a bit later a bit tomorrow It depicts after all pieces of people's lives; it's not fiction but real life But as I read I was curious how those lives evolved and in the same time I was wondering if their lives could be static It felt like a slow read probably because it was written like a journal with dates and months written before every entry Through a journal you don't rush you take in every dayBut first things first this book is about panhandlers about homeless people They live in Toronto The information about their lives is gathered by Dennis the author and the narrator of the book He worked near the meeting place of the panhandlers There's a group that keeps showing up in the book the usual suspects as they are referred to There are also some other names that are brought up It's a really vast universe It was a bit tricky to keep up with all those names but you soon realise that those who are the real characters are uickly etched into your mind Every panhandler has a distinct personality So different I must admit that I started this book curious but in the same time with a baggage of judgment towards these people I started with the ideas that most people have when they have to get in contact even for the briefest of moments with panhandlers and homeless once an addict always an addict While this is not whipped away in the book I like that they are given the chance to show why they are in the situation they are in at the moment I'm not giving them excuses but it's nice to see a different perspective on things I definitely didn't expect such a wide spectrum of backgrounds Some of the people in the group came from a respectful background some attended college It seems funny now thinking that I would have gone into law since nearly everything I do is illegal Irene some had families kids jobs and bosses waiting for them when they decided to go back If you're looking for a reason why they chose the life on the streets to the life back home this book isn't giving you one Probably than justifying them it just aims to offer a look into their lives My favourite thing about this book is the narrator's attitude through all this I love that rather than giving them money he is uicker to offer breakfast cards coffee is willing to buy them breakfast He helps them in a practical way serving their needs rather than their wants This probably sounds harsh but it's how I see things I was glad to see that the narrator avoids talking or even writing his thoughts about the panhandlers from a right or bad point of view Another aspect I loved so much is that he wasn't trying to interfere in their lives; he doesn't adopt a Good Samaritan attitude or better said the attitude of a social worker He's there just to chat ask uestions but not intrusive ones He accepts them and is not a controlling outsider This was really refreshing to see for some reason I’m not trying to control his life or give him my opinion of what I think he should do I’m trying to enable him to have control of his life the way he wants itThroughout the book I couldn't help but see the panhandlers as the members of a different world within the world of the everyday normality There are intertwined relationships forming and breaking every day week month year It's the learning about the fellow panhandler through the grapevine what other said but soon is proved to be not that accurate It's a wonder really It's the world of the regulars who've been in the same place for years but in the same time the world of the passer by who's just looking for his place in the panhandling world It's the world in which good does triumph over bad panhandlers helping one another through bad times It's a fairy tale like world with bad characters and good characters but unlike the classic fairy tales you don't know for sure that good will conuer the bad gradually as you turn the pages It's the day by day real life It’s like a daily soap opera lives and loves exposed for all to see But few have eyes to see beyond the façade It’s nice waking up in the morning If I don’t I know something’s wrong Little Jake

  3. Marta Tandori Marta Tandori says:

    Raw Gritty Vignettes That Tell Their Own TalesLet’s face it – we’ve all done it at one time or another – seen someone panhandling and uickly crossed to the other side of the street or walked by them with our cell phone stuck to our ears pretending to be deep in conversation so we wouldn’t have to engage with them in any way The author Dennis Cardiff did exactly what most of us would never do – he engaged with the street people he came in contact with on his daily travels to and from work Over time these men and women became his friends and his daily interactions with them are chronicled in Gotta Find a Home Conversations with Street People This isn’t a book with chapters and pretty prose It’s a collection of raw gritty and simplistic vignettes that tell their own tales of abuse regret violence and illness mental and otherwise that aren’t confined to any particular demographic One thing is clear however Cardiff doesn’t patronize placate or offer any solutions All he offers are a sympathetic ear a bagel and a coffee or some spare change as the particular encounter warrants For a reader who still believes in unicorns and happy endings this was a difficult book to read but certainly a necessary one Perhaps at some point we all need to take off our rose colored glasses and see the world for what it is warts and all

  4. Karen Silvestri Karen Silvestri says:

    Gotta Find a Home Conversations with Street People will be available June 10th I can't tell you what a joy it has been to work with authorblogger Dennis Cardiff The man has infinite patience and kindness His collection of conversations with the homeless in his neighborhood reads like a novel but is factual in content names and locations have been changed Dennis stops by to visit with the people you will meet in this book almost every morning and every afternoon They have in his words become like family He chronicles their ups and downs and everyday happenings As you turn the pages you never know what is going to happen nextI hope you all will join Dennis on this enlightening and heartwarming journey through the world of the people we so often ignore or write off as hopeless cases You will grow to love them and some of them you will not like very much but you will find that at the core these street people are human beings who deserve to be treated as such They love and lose just as we all do They struggle to survive in a world that is often very much against them But most of all the characters in this book are family to one another

  5. Sara Britt Sara Britt says:

    Sometimes we avoid situations we do not understand but often than not we shun circumstances we detest In the homeless world it's citizens are often objects of misinterpretation and loathing They are in need of someone or something that will imbue the truth that homeless people have value because they are human beings same as the entire world Dennis Cardiff's conversations with the homeless in Gotta Find a Home breaks that barrier between the Haves and the Have Nots After reading the book one begins to understand that the homeless are no different than other peoplesame concerns same worries same devotions and same loves For me The conversations were both enlightening and humbling

  6. Abelardo Abelardo says:

    I just finished this fine work by a very astute observer of “street life” Mr Cardiff’s interactions hit a few nerves for me as well as rekindled memories of my own experiences with similar people in a different time and placeI was immediately drawn into the writer’s humanity and kindness as he delved into the dilemmas inherent in these never intended lifestyles One could sense throughout the winding story his empathy with so many of these lives unable to lift themselves away from the constant downward pull of a gravity set in motion in their youth The conversations begin with an act of simple kindness by Mr Cardiff to a lady he sees on the street He recollects his own living on the edge at various times in his life and that no doubt allows him to not judge harshly the people who presently come before himThe story is inhabited by struggling characters of different ages and backgrounds— Hippo Weasel Shakes Antonio and Toothless Chuck populate the narrativeThe grimness of their lives for me is encapsulated in this brief passage as Mr Cardiff turns his attention to Joy the most recurring figure in Gotta Find a Home“She has cracked cartilage in her nose with a gash across the bridge two black eyes and pneumonia in both lungs Her boyfriend Big Jake who is six foot three and weighs over two hundred pounds punched her in the face when she wouldn’t give him oral sex she couldn’t breathe through her nose because of the pneumonia He left her on the sidewalk in a pool of blood A month ago he kicked her to the point that her whole right side was bruised; she had two cracked and two fractured ribs In both cases she phoned the police so hopefully this time he will be in jail a long time I sat with her gave her a big hug and let her vent “I love Big Jake but I have to take care of myself I can’t be somebody’s punching bag One day he’s going to kill me” One first pained reaction was “BUT SHE LOVES HIM?” How many times have we encountered implausibly connected couples in polite restaurant settings—he badgering her bullying intellectually slightly derisive” What does she see in him” we ask ourselves Yet here is a woman declaring her love for a terrible brute not just a smarmy guy belittling his partner as the tiramisu is brought to the tableI mentioned my own connection—I worked in the New York City Social Services on the Lower East Side long before its gentrification It was a time when heroin was easier to find than the Pinot Noir now served in the outdoor cafes Mr Cardiff’s sharp characterizations brought me back to that time—unlike his occasional Inuit Native American lost in a Toronto that has no resemblance to his barren birthplace the inhabitants of my Lower East Side experience were also cut adrift in the same way They may have come from Puerto Rico and spoke a stumbling English or a farm boy from Kansas still reeling from Viet Nam Whether it’s the Toronto street people of this era’s oxycotin and crack cocaine or the Lower East Side of heroin and pre AIDS all of these people have a voice similar in its despairI recommend this book—it is an entrance to a world we see everyday but rarely stop to engageAlan Geik author Glenfiddich Inn

  7. Meglena Ivanova Meglena Ivanova says:

    Gotta Find a Home Conversations with Street People by Dennis Cardiff is all about street people you meet that make life the rich vibrant experience that it is They shape our memories than the locations themselves They can make a bad place good or a great place bad They teach us about what we like or don’t like in others They shine lights on our ignorance and teach us about ourselves The book is written in such detail and it’s highly amusing Feelings come and go Sometimes there is sorrow sometimes joy Very thought provoking a upliftingbook that keeps you so emotionally engaged throughout it Cardiff has a gift for explaining deep thoughts in an approachable and very emotional wayA little about what have I learned from the book Reading page after page we can uickly learn two things about the homeless from Cardiff's book First you can learn that many of the homeless before they were homeless were people or less like ourselves members of the working or middle class And we can learn that the world of the homeless has its roots in various policies events and ways of life We can also learn from Cardiff’s characters that one of the most important things there is to know about the homeless that they can be roughly divided into two groups those who have had homelessness forced upon them and want nothing than to escape it; and those who have at least in part chosen it for themselves and now accept or in some cases embrace itWe must learn to accept that there may indeed be people and not only vets who have seen so much of our world or seen it so clearly that to live in it becomes impossible Here for example is the story of “Joy” a homeless middle age woman from Toronto She sees the streets as her home and the rest of the street people in her group as her family As a person she has experienced many difficult moments through her life troubled childhood raped by male guard in prison for Women mental problems abusive and alcoholic boyfriend who beats her very often but her story have changed Cardiff’s life in a extraordinary way By writing about her experiences he tells us that it is important to understand that however disorderly or dirty or unmanageable the world of homeless men and women like “Joy appears to us it is not without its significance and its rules and ritualsThey are many stories in the book that can make you take a step back and think about the way you live treat others and treat yourself I can relate to most of what the author wrote I believe that the main message Cardiff is sending is that no matter who they are no matter where they live good people bring out the good in people I am so glad that Dennis Cardiff shared his remarkable experience with his readers I would remember his book for years because my life have been enriched and transformed by reading Cardiff’s an amazing journey

  8. Cathy Ryan Cathy Ryan says:

    This is a non fictional story of a group of homeless people in a Canadian city from the perspective of the man who befriended them Documented in diary format Dennis Cardiff catalogues the conversations he has with the various panhandlers which brings home the reality of people who are forced for one reason or another into a life on the streets These accounts show just how people’s lives and personalities can be and are formed by past traumas in the form of abuse addiction and mental and physical disorders The conversations throughout the book demonstrate the sense of community among the group and the very noticeably differing personalities each having their own stories and set of circumstances and all the while helping the reader to see them as people in their own right with real feelings and needs struggling to survive against the oddsThis book tells it like it is with no frills and it is a challenging read Not only because of the plight of the street people but also the way they are viewed and judged by the general public and often than not ignored It’s something I imagine most of us including myself are guilty of Dennis Cardiff tackles the issue in a completely constructive way by offering food a bus ticket or coffee on daily basis and gradually getting to know the street people It all started one morning as he was walking to work and saw a woman sitting on the sidewalk He didn’t know uite what he should do if anything A friend advised him to offer her food and coffee and so began a morning ritual which evolved into a life changing experience for the author This is a uniue insight into homelessness and the views of some of the people who live on the streets Dennis Cardiff doesn’t try to explain why they are homeless or suggest solutions he just offers his time friendship and a willingness to listenhttpbetweenthelinesbookblogwordpr

  9. Promod Sharma Promod Sharma says:

    I always tend to rate a creation high if there is a purpose behind itThings can be meaningful for self but to be purposeful they have to serve others especially those who need to be servedAs for the style of writing high level of commitment itself becomes a style of its own kindI am an author not a professional critic No one should expect me to find faults with trivial things The book is not pretentious that is than enough for meI give it a perfect 5 Star I did not buy it I borrowed it from a friend of mine read it and returned it to him with thanks

  10. Tfaulkner Tfaulkner says:

    A fascinating look inside a world many others don't want to see From the time he first meets Joy and her colleagues Dennis steps back and lets them speak in their own voices with no judgement and minimal intrusion Personalities come through and the drama pathos and humour in their lives is evident A very enjoyable read with the minor uibble that descriptions of location can be a bit confusing is it Toronto or Ottawa? Looking forward to the next book

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