We ran into a man named Ghosa in our last Subs and Socks event. He looked to be in his late 20’s or early 30’s. He was kind enough to share his story with us; he was honest, brave and very caring, though he admitted to being shy surrounded by us. His story goes like this:
Ghosa started taking cocaine, meth and weed, and drinking beer when he was 18 years old. He took drugs because he wanted to look cool and feel more relaxed. Soon he was in debt and could not pay his crack dealers, and they were after him for money. Anything he made he had to pay to the dealers. This is what landed Ghosa on the streets of Montreal.
But he does not feel alone on the streets. While people are often very cold to him, he still meets people and he has people to talk to. “They give me love, I give them love,” he explained. He also thanked us for our concern, saying, “I’m glad you pray for me, I pray for you.” Before he left, food and socks in hand, Ghosa told us, “I may be last, but I am still on your team.”