Greg wants to use his phone to look for odd jobs to increase his income. He also want’s to start communicating once again with his family.


Q. Do you have any past experiences that you think may have contributed to your current situation?

I was born and raised here in Vancouver and had my first kid right when I was 13. I used to borrow my brothers semi-trailer and license and go around doing deliveries. I worked as a trucker and in the essential services for almost two decades. I was able to take care of myself and it got to a point where I could spend a few hundred a night and not worry about the next day. That's when I got a serious back injury, it cost me my job, and my mobility. I was wheelchair bound for a few years, and left without a steady income. For 3 years I lived in a back alley, rummaging for food and literally on the brink of death. I can tell you that most of most of the time I woke up thinking, “will today be my last day?” I managed to get a temporary home in one of the Eastside's many hotels. I lived there for almost 15 years and though I tried many times, I haven’t been able to build the relationship I once had with my wife and kids. I’ve gone through many jobs, but it’s difficult staying employed with a grade 7 education and a ton of health problems.

Q. What impact do you think a cellphone could have on your life?

Like many others here, I need a phone to stay in contact with my doctor, who’s recommending me for back treatment. I haven’t given up, and I’m still trying to pursue a job, so a cellphone would help me so much in that way. I want to have a stable life once again, I want to start communicating more with my kids, and though I may never live like before, I have to try my hardest to stay strong. That's what kept me alive, and that's what will keep me moving forward.