Sunday, November 23, 2014     Volume: 29, Issue: 17
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The Homeless Project

At New Times, we believe that homelessness is not a problem that can be attacked with money or plans. When we think of homelessness, we don't think of statistics; we think of people. We think of people who've had problems in their lives, and they all have a story to tell. We believe that common sense is the only way we'll ever come close to ending homelessness. This is our common-sense approach, and these are their stories.

David Marshall

It's rare to find someone as versatile as David Marshall. A native Pennsylvanian, Marshall has been everything from a county worker to an ice cream truck driver. He admits that at 73 it’s hard to find the motivation to search for full-time employment, but his age hasn’t stopped him from searching for an opportunity to prove himself.

“I know I haven’t been working as much as I should, but I can still do a lot of things, and I can still drive,” Marshall said.

Marshall moved to San Luis Obispo about 30 years ago and hasn’t shied away from taking tough positions. He recalls grueling hours as a baker’s assistant, for example.

“I was on my feet all night, and it was tough to stay awake, but I really liked that work,” he said.

At one point, a shelter helped him find work as an ice cream truck driver, but Marshall said he had to leave that job because the truck was old and eventually broke down.

Since that time, Marshall has been staying in shelters, but he hopes to find a more permanent residence somewhere in the county.

 “I sometimes stay in my van, but I want my own place, you know?” he said. “Maybe a place where I can have a roommate.”

In return for providing stable living conditions, Marshall said he offers a diverse skill-set and described himself as a “self-starter.” Through his struggles, Marshall has maintained a thoughtful demeanor and said he has long-term plans to use his education and background to improve road and rail conditions in and around the county.

 “I love this place,” he said, “and I would just like a chance to stay.”

 

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