This Person Needs Our Help.

J Riley McCool is an online webcartoonist through , who writes three different comics… “A Little More Humiliation,” “Habibah’s Song–”

The one that first garnered my attention, however, was her autobiographical comic: “How to be Homeless.”

Yes, it seems that these comics are written and drawn by a homeless young woman.

It’s not much known, I suspect, but there was a short period in my feckless youth when I was living on the street myself (and yes, in my case through my OWN folly, unlike this lady.) I can tell you the stuff she’s describing rings more than true, and I wasn’t homeless anywhere near as long, and I was nowhere near the state of silent desperation she has reached.

She lives out of her truck, camps on “government” forest land when she can, and manages to stay online via a cobbled together system with a laptop, cell phone, a solar charger and a battery… (this sort of thing is why I think it’s BULLSHIT when people mock protesters for having “luxuries” like cell phones.) She writes her comic narrating her own struggles as a “non permanent addressed individual,” and to pass on tips and tricks for survival she’s learned. If her story doesn’t break your heart and maybe even outrage you, it should.

This just isn’t right, people. I’ve enjoyed good fortune and blessings that I never deserved, while this person is on the street. If I can, I want to try and pass some of the good fortune I’ve enjoyed onward. Ms. McCool does have a Patreon page; I’m going to make a small pledge of my own and I’m going to encourage everyone I can to do the same. I’ve also inquired after a mailing address where care packages might be sent…

J Riley McCool
P.O. Box 2621
Sandpoint, Idaho, 83864

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This Person Needs Our Help. — 1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the link, R.H. I’ve read the strip and contributed. Appropriate, as I’ll be leading a small team of church members as we team up with the county of Santa Cruz in February to feed 40-60 homeless at the city shelter. The government changed funding for this, so 12 local churches got together and are volunteering to serve and eat with the folks during the winter months so the money they do have will stretch for shelter and transport. Respect and compassion go a long ways, too. Ms. McCool’s work is inspiring and has great tips, while maintaining a sense of humor. Praying that she does well and can hold on. (You too!) I’ve been close to homeless myself, and, in fact, a third of the ground under my house left last March, still trying to deal with that. (No power, septic or propane since then, except what I schlep up and down 50 steps. Small generator, 6 golf cart batteries and a jumble of random Ebay inverters/chargers and such.. Solar not easy, too many redwoods. Still on-line..) Again, thanks and hang in there yourself! Stubat

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