Have you ever wondered what it is like to be homeless? Did you ever think when you see a homeless man or woman, “How did this happen to them?”
So did John Loss, a retired Lewiston-Porter teacher, who wrote a book titled, “Not Always Homeless,” which gives insights and answers to these questions.
Loss, at age 77, started to write his book on the homeless. He decided to concentrate his book writing on this city of his birth, which he knew well. After nearly three years of researching, interviewing and writing about the 13 Niagara Falls individuals who once were homeless or lived in the fear of being homeless, the book was completed. It was an endeavor that enabled Loss to do what he set out to do: give a "voice" to the homeless in Niagara Falls.
A press release noted, “These are fascinating stories of the ups and downs of these 13 individuals who bared their souls on their homelessness. This included their time before, during and after they were homeless. They lived a life of daily fighting for survival for food, clothing and shelter that ranged from two years up to 20 years for some of them.”
Loss will speak at the Grand Island Memorial Library from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, as part of a "local author event.” Attendees can listen and learn, ask questions, and hear from one of the formerly homeless who appears in the book and was homeless off and on for 16 years. Loss’ book can be purchased after the presentation or via Amazon.
The library is located at 1755 Bedell Road.