The Salem News: Once Homeless, Local Shelter President Vows to Help

Once homeless, shelter president vows to help

Thomas Holland was 16 when he told his mother he wanted to move to San Francisco. His mother, assuming he meant after he graduated from high school, did not seem too upset by the idea.

“Then I said, ‘Mom, no, I’m leaving tomorrow,’” Holland said.

The next day, Holland walked out the door with a change of clothes, $10 in cash and a carton of cigarettes and hitchhiked across the country. For the next 14 years, he slept on beaches, park benches and strangers’ couches from San Francisco to New Orleans to Omaha and New York City.

 

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