In an effort to share A Tiny Home for Good with the greater Syracuse community (and beyond), it is essential that we introduce the individuals who really breath the life into this organization: the fellas who will be living in our homes.
Today we'd like to introduce you to Dolphus. Dolphus will be one of our first residents. He is an Army Veteran, a dedicated member of the Brady Faith Center, and one of the longest riding members of Pedal to Possibilities. Below is a short conversation that we had with Dolphus.
A Tiny Home for Good: Alright Dolphus, thank you for chatting this morning. I am looking forward to learning more about you and introducing you to people who are interested in our homes… So, first question, where is home for you?
Dolphus: I like it here. Just Syracuse itself. If I could better my comfort in living here, I would feel better about being here.
THG: Dolphus, what is your favorite childhood memory?
Dolphus: When I was little I got the highest grades, like when I was 16 or 17. Then I started skipping school a lot and I went to the Army after that.
THG: How did you find yourself in Syracuse?
Dolphus: I had a friend from Rochester who told me about the town. And I just came on my own.
THG: Could you walk me through a day-in-the-life of Dolphus? Talk to me about where you slept last night, where you get breakfast, the day-to-day business.
Dolphus: Well where I slept last night was crashing at a friend’s house who let me stay. Sometimes I’ll go to the Rescue Mission for breakfast but usually I won’t eat breakfast. Last night a guy gave me a hot dog and I don’t like hot dogs but I was hungry so I ate it. Now I am feeling all oily and sick.
THG: Where are a couple places that you particularly like to visit during the day?
Dolphus: Brady Faith Center, of course. And I like to bike just everywhere. Verona and Sylvan Beach are real nice and, if I find different people to go with, I like to go there. It’s nice to get away.
THG: So Dolphus, on a typical day, what brings you the most joy?
Dolphus: What brings me the most joy? When I am loved. When I know I am being appreciated and concerned. And everybody give me a lot of excitement.
THG: Where do you feel loved?
Dolphus: I feel loved at most places. Church, with people in the community. Just wherever the heart is. Sometimes though I am not myself. You know how the weight is? When you don’t feel the love and then you get out of character.
THG: Dolphus, on a typical day what is the largest struggle?
Dolphus: Largest struggle? Surviving. Trying to find places, apartments. Trying to get on the places where you can find jobs. I called the State Fair but they said they were all filled up. I’ll keep looking.
THG: Alright Dolphus, last question. What do you hope to achieve before you die?
Dolphus: Success, living. Hoping to get myself together with a house, a relationship, family. I know I can achieve a lot of things. Survive. To help to the fullest and just, ya know, stay positive.
THG: Alright man, well thank you for taking some time, I really appreciate it.
Glad you all could meet Dolphus. More to come...