Alan Graham


As Interviewed by Sylvia R, March 11, 2019

Alan Graham: In his own words

We understand homelessness. And we believe that the single greatest cause to homelessness is a profound, catastrophic loss of family. The family is that place where youíre created and itís that place where youíre supposed to be formed and nurtured. This is important in the scheme of life.

Can you imagine waking up in the morning, your mom and dad are not there, like they were killed in a car wreck or something crazy like that? It would devastate you. It would be an enormous traumatic experience that even for the strongest people on the planet is difficult to overcome. In the population of men and women that you see standing on the street corners, they had some type of nuclear bomb like that thrown into the middle of their family unit.

My experiences is that people are really just people. What I really think people should learn is that, one, that the single greatest cause to homelessness is a profound, catastrophic loss of family, number two, if you really want to mitigate that, not solve it or cure it, but make it less of an impact on our society, you and I have to move into relationship with people that maybe we don't want to be in relationship with. And itís just like our family, even though itís extraordinarily dysfunctional to have somebody thatís mentally ill or a drug addict or an alcoholic, or something like that, if we abandon them, then they stand no chance. And so we want people to know that if the community comes up and begins to support people, we can do a lot to to transform our city.