Mr. Dabbs is 58 and originally from Bakersfield. As a young man, he transitioned into the furniture moving business while still going to school.
He tells me that he moved to Sacramento 2014 with his wife of 16 years. Things got bumpy in their relationship after their move up north due to a theft that occurred in their house. Eventually, they had to live in a motel. Mr. Dabbs says it was very difficult to stay in the motel and broke the news to his wife that he was going to leave and live somewhere else–on the street.
“I stay in churches like Winter Sanctuary and Safe ground. I go back and forth between the two,” Mr. Dabbs says. “I’ve got a backpack, coat, two sleeping bags and a phone. That is, it. I’ve been homeless for about 2 years now.”
The pain of sleeping on the ground, or on a floor, reminds him of the back-breaking work he labored under as a furniture mover.
Mr. Dabbs is thankful for the food at Loaves & Fishes, “The food is just outstanding, and it keeps me going throughout the day.”
“I’ve got people here helping me to get into housing. I’m on a waiting list, trying my hardest to get into housing. But it’s like playing, then winning the lotto, if you get into a place. There’s thousands of people who apply for rooms and every time I keep checking in, it’s just ‘No, No, No’.”