james giberson, 46, philadelphia, PA


Best childhood memory: My best memory of my life was when I was in the United States Army and graduating basic training. It was the graduation day,. My father was my best friend, and I was marching right across the stands where all the families were, and they said, while we were marching, they said, “Eyes right.“ Soon as I turned my eyes right, my dad's, I just looked straight at him out of like 400 other people. It was, like, you know, one of my proudest moments, one of the best moments of my life.


Food: All kinds, cheesesteaks


Drink: I like iced tea


Color: Blue


Thing to do: Enjoy life and praise the lord Jesus Christ


Place in the city: I like the city, Center City, Art Musem, Schuylkill river, and the parks, like Rittenhouse Square park.


Cartoon character: When I was a kid, I watched the Flintstones, Fred Flintstone, right.


If you could live anywhere in the world where would you go and why? Wherever the world wants me, I should be dead a thousand times over, but I am still here for a reason,; that reason I am not sure. But eventually I would like to become certified as a drug and alcohol counselor and help out the homeless on the streets of Philadelphia and the drug addicts.


What inspires you? The Lord, life, yeah.


What are some of your goals? Long-term and/or short-term. Short term: I got to get myself squared away at the halfway house. I'm on parole. I have to get my life together, stop using the excuses of my past, and start taking responsibilities and doing the right thing and get my life together. Long term goals: Through the veterans administration, get certified as a drug and alcohol counselor. I am not afraid to say this: I am not only a drug addict and homeless for a lot of years, but I have been HIV positive for 24 years, a year before even Magic Johnson was even diagnosed. I was diagnosed, and I would like to help out not only the drug addicts and homeless, but also those living with HIV and be an inspiration. A lot of times, I felt like giving up, but I am still here.


If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? Any animal, a lion cub, because Jesus is gonna come back as a lion. I am a child of God, yeah.


Tell me about the craziest dream you have ever had. My dad passed away six years ago, and it wasn't, I was dreaming, I think, but I had a job working in a gym, I had to get up 4:30 in the morning, I think I was dreaming about him. I'm not sure, but I woke up, and I would of been late. But what woke me up, the alarm didn't go off. We had the shades right there. I was living in an apartment with my father. We have these shades we had taped up there for four years. My dad taped it up there because it was ready to fall, but he taped it there. It's kinda funny. Like quarter after four, I was supposed to be leaving at 4:30. After all these years I never failed, and right when I was ready to oversleep for work, it fell. But I thought of my father. I don't know, I actually think my Dad was the one who brought the shade down. That was kind of crazy.


What is one thing that you want people to know about you? Don't ever give up! About me? That I am a very caring person, that has been through a lot, and I believe in Jesus. I love in Jesus with all my heart, and that's a hard question. I would never dreamed I would become a homeless addict. I will go out and do everything I can to help someone out and tell them that Jesus loves them. I don't know.

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