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Mark Biggs: finding his new beginning

Thu, Oct 11, 2012

Mark Biggs is a man who is down on his luck and has come to StreetWise to try and bring it back. Originally from Kentucky, he hopes to get back on his feet, recover what he’s lost and pursue his goals of taking care of his kids and following his dream in music.

How did you find out about StreetWise? I was walking by and saw a guy vending and I needed some money because I got stuck here. I lost my wallet in Chicago and became homeless. My parents are deceased and that’s my situation right now.

How long have you been at StreetWise? A week now

What are your long-term goals? To do music, I sing and play guitar.

What are you doing to get to that goal? Nothing right now, because I’m stuck in this situation. But when I get my situation figured out, I’m going to do what I can. I was scheduled to go to college in Nashville in the fall, I wanted to be a musical engineer.

What would you say to encourage others to come to StreetWise and check it out? It’s an opportunity to better yourself, just being out there these few days, I’ve made some great connections and made some money. I’ve struggled with it a little bit, but I just have to find that spot. All I can say is it might get slow sometimes, but just stick to it and you can go places.

What are your hobbies? Music, stuff like that. With me being on the street, it’s hard to have hobbies.

What’s the best piece of advice someone has given you? My father used to tell me times are going to get real rough, people are going to test you a lot and he always said that through all that mess, just keep your head up. It’s not the end when it feels like it, it’s only the beginning. I never knew what that meant untill now.

What are your short term goals? Besides trying to get money, I want to find a house because this shelter stuff isn’t for me.

What motivates you? My two kids, [but they’re back] in Kentucky.

What has been the greatest challenge in your life? Probably this situation I’m in now, this is the first time I’ve ever been homeless. I did some time (52 months) locked up and while I was in prison I lost my mom. Then when I got out of prison, I messed up and was put back in. During my second time through jail, I lost my dad. That was about six months ago.

How did you overcome it? I kept looking forward, focused on my music and focused on kids, this is what it’s all about, to make sure I can put my kids through college. I am trying to either do music or even if something else comes along, anything to help my kids and to get some money.

Written by Kayla Kiely,
StreetWise volunteer

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