Andrew will be the first to tell you that the nickname “Puke” has been around for a long time and is certainly well deserved. But Andrew is ready to leave that nickname and his past behind.
Andrew has been experiencing homelessness off and on since 2003. For a long time he hitchhiked around the country, becoming very integrated into street life in drop-in centers.
He has never held an official job before. In fact, Andrew came to PSKS because he wasn’t comfortable having a job anywhere else.
For the past three months Andrew has been working in the HYPE Community Center, where he learned that whatever he puts his mind to, he can do well. He enjoys not being on the receiving side of services for a change and has seen a noticeable increase in his self-value and confidence.
Andrew is now looking for his first regular job and wants to find a place that he’s used to, where he can be with his kind of people. He’ll be applying for an on-call position with the PSKS Overnight Shelter and wants to work at the Value Village in his neighborhood.
Andrew recently gained housing through Section 8. In the week he’s been there his favorite aspect has been his balcony, where he can spend time outside. He’s getting used to being stably housed again and is enjoying reading (he loves long book series and is currently reading Dune) and watching Netflix (with their long list of B movies and his personal favorite, Starship Troopers).
For PSKS, Andrew has been a constant and steady force in the HYPE Community Center. He has specialized in making all of our participants feel welcome and is constantly greeting everyone who walks through the door. And while his internship may be ending, we know that Andrew will be a positive presence at PSKS in the years to come.
This Spring and Summer PSKS has been all over the Puget Sound area. Take a look at the pictures below to see our experiences hiking, seeing the amazing work of Kehinde Wiley at the SAM, having art class and visiting the Pacific Science Center.