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Mike Bambino was only 13 years old at the time. “My mother died a couple years later and my father was an alcoholic,” he said of the period of his life that he experienced homelessness. “It was not a great situation.”
Bambino, now the face of the “Dare to Car’e” mechanic shop on North Avenue in Grand Junction, to this day vividly remembers his experience living without a safe place to go to.
“Take all your
keys and money out of your pocket at night, when it’s dark, lock achat cialis 20 mg yourself out of your own house with nothing, and that’s kinda how it feels,” he said. “It’s like, where do I go now? I got no money, I got no home, and I got nobody.”
With such an
experience still locked in Bambino’s memory, it struck a chord with him when he first discovered that there were over 100 homeless teens – just like he was – in the Grand Valley.
“I didn’t even realize, working at the homeless shelter, that teens could not get in, by law,” he said. “I can identify with these kids, and a lot of them are trying to escape a bad situation, so I knew immediately that we had to intervene in these kids’ lives and give them a hope and a vision and a foundation for daily living, and get them back into a safe environment.”
For those reasons, when Bambino first heard about The House, he jumped all over the opportunity.
“The House. I just think it’s the greatest thing. I have never wanted to get something open so bad, so fast,” he said. “There is no way that I could go to sleep at night knowing there are kids out there that have nowhere to go; there is just no way in the world I am gonna sit back and do nothing. It’s just not in my being.”
Bambino chose to be a Guardian for The House immediately, and is passionately urging other people to join in the cause.
“What people need to understand is that these kids are going one direction or the other,” he said. “Either we intervene in their lives and try to get them some good, constructive direction, or cialis annonce we all know where they’re gonna go. The biggest thing at that age is that you need structure, you need guidance, and you need to know that you’re in a safe place. We have to get out there and say, ‘Come with us.’”
Bambino is tossing his grease-stained hands all over the air as he talks, manifesting physically the passion going on inside him. He pauses to wipe his hands, then leans forward on the car he’s working on and continues.
“This is not the country I grew up in; this is not the way it was when I grew up. Those of us who grew up with those values have got to step outside our own family and say, ‘You know what, we have got to help these other kids who maybe were not as lucky as our kids.’ If anybody hears this and you’re not supporting The House or the homeless in town, just do that. The House is gonna be the finest thing to open in Grand Junction in a long, long time. Guaranteed.”
If you would like to become one of the House’s 1,000 needed Guardians contributing 100 dollars a year for these teens, please visit the website at thehousegj.org.
Story provided by Robert Lamme and Associates.