Interview by William Harter
John E. is a 31 year old man living in the McKinney Shelter, the homeless shelter in Newport.
What got you into a shelter? I used and sold crack cocaine and got busted. I got 4 years. My family did not take me back, so I ended up in the shelter the last 4 years.
Are you from Newport? No, I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I lived up and down the east coast all my life.
What are your likes and dislikes about shelter life? It is a place for homeless people that they can use. But it is still a shelter, not a home.
What would you like to see happen? I would like to see kids and women out of the shelters and have another place to live.
What are your dreams and goals? Get back to my past life when things were better before drugs and finish the better life I had started. Go back with my pastor.