The interview dispels the stereotype that the homeless do not have work experience and do not want to work. Robert Griffo’s spiraled down from a successful Wall Street career to one where he lost his job and family due to substance abuse.
“I was making a lot of money,” he says. “I used to walk over homeless people at Grand Central Station when they were begging for money, and I’d say, ‘You need to get a job.’ But I lost myself on Wall Street.” He ended up living on the streets, contemplating suicide.
But outreach from Alcoholics Anonymous helped him rebuild his life with an apartment and a job with a suicide prevention hotline.