AZ author shares Journey From Homelessness to Hope FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
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"Shelter: One Man's Journey From Homelessness to Hope"
University of Arizona Press


http://www.azcentral.com/ent/books/1028burns.shtml
FWD  The Arizona Republic - Oct. 28, 1998


'SHELTER' FROM STORMS
Author shares a 'journey from homelessness'

By Michael Clancy


Bobby Burns, drinking heavily and in danger of losing his job, left his
hometown of Phoenix about five years ago. Nearly hopeless, he headed for
Tucson to get away from it all.

A graduate of Arizona State University, born and raised in south Phoenix,
he figured things would be better in Arizona's second city. "I wanted a
joyous, happy and free life," he writes.

It wouldn't be -- at least for a while. He hit Tucson with $210 and a bad
attitude, brought on by losing his car, missing some work and a two-day
drinking binge. He ended up at the Primavera Shelter, occupying one of the
111 beds. He remained for 41 days.

He documents each one of those days in a new book, Shelter: One Man's
Journey From Homelessness to Hope, newly published by the University of
Arizona Press ($12.95).

The university helped Burns retain some sense of balance. It served him as
a retreat from the sights, sounds and most of all smells of the homeless
shelter.

Burns wasn't lost completely. The stories of his homeless-shelter mates and
the alienating treatment from those employed led him not to further despair
but toward determination to jump start his life.

He rapidly found a job as a substitute teacher, understanding and helpful
friends at a Tucson church, and uplifting aid from community volunteers.

Burns moved out of the shelter on the 42nd day, relapsed into alcoholism
and ultimately entered rehabilitation. For three years he lived in and
helped run a halfway house for recovering alcoholics.

Burns will read from and sign his book at 3 p.m. today at Central Arizona
Shelter Services, 1209 W. Madison St., and at 7 p.m. Thursday at Changing
Hands, 414 Mill Ave., Tempe.

He will return to Primavera on Nov. 9 -- just one stop on a 12-city tour of
bookstores and homeless shelters across the country.

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"Shelter: One Man's Journey From Homelessness to Hope"

University of Arizona Press



http://www.azcentral.com/ent/books/1028burns.shtml

FWD  The Arizona Republic - Oct. 28, 1998



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Author shares a 'journey from homelessness'


By Michael Clancy 

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Bobby Burns, drinking heavily and in danger of losing his job, left his
hometown of Phoenix about five years ago. Nearly hopeless, he headed
for Tucson to get away from it all. 


A graduate of Arizona State University, born and raised in south
Phoenix, he figured things would be better in Arizona's second city. "I
wanted a joyous, happy and free life," he writes. 


It wouldn't be -- at least for a while. He hit Tucson with $210 and a
bad attitude, brought on by losing his car, missing some work and a
two-day drinking binge. He ended up at the Primavera Shelter, occupying
one of the 111 beds. He remained for 41 days. 


He documents each one of those days in a new book, Shelter: One Man's
Journey From Homelessness to Hope, newly published by the University of
Arizona Press ($12.95). 


The university helped Burns retain some sense of balance. It served him
as a retreat from the sights, sounds and most of all smells of the
homeless shelter. 


Burns wasn't lost completely. The stories of his homeless-shelter mates
and the alienating treatment from those employed led him not to further
despair but toward determination to jump start his life. 


He rapidly found a job as a substitute teacher, understanding and
helpful friends at a Tucson church, and uplifting aid from community
volunteers. 


Burns moved out of the shelter on the 42nd day, relapsed into
alcoholism and ultimately entered rehabilitation. For three years he
lived in and helped run a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. 


Burns will read from and sign his book at 3 p.m. today at Central
Arizona Shelter Services, 1209 W. Madison St., and at 7 p.m. Thursday
at Changing Hands, 414 Mill Ave., Tempe. 


He will return to Primavera on Nov. 9 -- just one stop on a 12-city
tour of bookstores and homeless shelters across the country.


END FORWARD 

** NOTICE: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. **


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