Dennis Cardiff

Dennis Cardiff
Dennis Cardiff
Gotta Find a Home 4: More Conversations on the Streets
Can you find a secure shelter for the night? Have you experienced intense hunger? Are you a regular victim of verbal, emotional or physical abuse? Read the conversations I have had with people who are hungry, homeless and at risk. This is a revision and new publication of the book released June 5, 2014. See Author page for 66 – 4.5 Star reviews. All author proceeds from sales go to those forced onto the street.

Writing about the homeless and helping the homeless, has given my life a purpose that it didn’t have before. Documenting their stories will, I hope, introduce them to the public in a non-threatening way.

Some panhandlers look intimidating, but that disappears when one sees them laugh.A typical day for me involves taking the bus and walking two blocks to work. I pass Joy’s spot every day. I usually sit and talk with her for twenty to thirty minutes. Chester and Hippo may drop by to chat.

Most afternoons, depending on weather, I walk two blocks to the park where the group of panhandlers varies in size from two to twenty or more. They don’t panhandle at the park. Like a soap opera, every day is different; some scenarios will carry over a few days or weeks. People will disappear for weeks or months due illness, rehab programs or incarceration.

When I met Joy I was going through an emotional crisis. Meeting her and her friends – worrying about them and whether or not they would be able to eat and find a place to sleep – took my mind off my problems, that then, seemed insignificant. It was – is – truly a life changing experience.
Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People
Gotta Find a Home 2: More Conversations with Street People
Gotta Find a Home 3: Conversations on the Streets
Dennis Cardiff
Dennis Cardiff
Ottawa, Canadda
Dennis Cardiff lives with his wife in Ottawa, Canada. They each have two grown sons from previous marriages. An artist of many talents, Cardiff has been a professional portrait painter since 1972. He studied art at the Ontario College of Art, University of Saskatchewan and the University of Ottawa.
Homelessness in Ottawa

“Just a crazy kid with a dream.” Leonard Cohen

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