Because of this disconnect, a person’s life is interrupted and often results in the loss of job, family, human rights, death and much more.
Jesse Lee, known as “Uncle Jesse” was homeless for 15 years. He was illiterate and suffered from alcoholism. He had many alcohol related health problems which eventually caused his death.
Richard Mills – known as “Jester” was homeless for 12 years. He died from alcoholism. He was in his mid 40’s. He was a street performer in the French Quarter. Richard Mills was a native New Orleanian.
Marcel Ivory was from Mississippi. He went through rehab and was sober for 1½ years before succumbing to alcohol’s temptation again at a local festival. He ended up being murdered on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, a victim of stabbing. He was buried by his family in Mississippi.
James Shephard was a Viet Nam veteran whose wife died from a heart attack. He suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and became a severe alcoholic as he struggled to deal with the loss of his wife and PTSD. He never recovered and was found dead of alcohol poisoning on a bench on Convention Center Blvd.
A New Orleans native, known only as “Red,” he was illiterate and suffered from alcoholism and skin cancer. He left rehab early because his illiteracy made it difficult for him to complete his assignments. Red died of alcohol poisoning in New Orleans.