REAL LIFE STORIES

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Hear from men, women, and children whose lives are impacted by CityTeam.
People walk through our doors overcome by struggles like homelessness, hunger, poverty, and addiction, but inside they find compassion, help, and hope…

YOU CAN LEARN, CAN’T YOU?

Shawn began drinking and using drugs as a young teen. This led him to a life of addiction, selling drugs, and cycling in and out of prison. At CityTeam, Shawn found hope and began the journey toward a new life. […]

CHRISTMAS HOPE FOR A FAMILY BATTLING CANCER

Bobby is just a child, but he has been diagnosed with cancer.  His father had to cut back on hours at work in order to take Bobby back and forth to appointments. With less money and high medical bills to pay, they struggled. Bobby […]

HOMELESS AND ON THE RUN

“Growing up in Oakland, you can experience a lot of different types of people. As a sixteen-year old, I thought it was cool to hang out with friends that drank and did drugs. That kind of lifestyle lead me to homelessness and being on the run. Running away from friends and family[…]

MY SECOND CHANCE

I was at a school dance when a friend forced me to try cocaine with him. I was only twelve years old and I had never done anything like that before. After that, I started using meth, and my addiction […]

HOMELESS AND HUNGRY

Allen was 51 when he ended up homeless. It was a complete shock to him. “I’d seen people who were homeless,” he says. “But I’d never experienced it.” Hunger became a physical pain and one of Allen’s biggest concerns. He had […]

COBWEBS ON THE DISHES

Vincent learned what hunger was like when he was only 10 years old. His father passed away, and his family struggled in the midst of that huge loss. “We had no food in the house,” he remembers. “There were spider webs […]

HE WALKED FOR SIX HOURS

Seth played professional baseball until he suffered a career-ending injury. To provide for his family, he took a sales job with a Fortune 500 company. The long hours and intense pressure were too much for him. “I started taking amphetamines,” […]

EACH STEP OF THE WAY

I have spent my whole life here in the Bay Area. At fifteen, I took my first drink of alcohol. It only got worse from there. I was in bad shape until a friend reached out to me and told […]

Looking Forward To The Future

I am 57 years old and grew up right here in Oakland. At the age of 15, I started hanging out with the wrong crowd of people that introduced me to a world of alcohol and drugs[…]

YOU GIVE DIGNITY

Pete became homeless after his real estate business was hit by the economic crisis. While he was on the streets, he didn’t sleep. He’d just walk around all night trying to stay warm. At 62, the experience was traumatizing. When […]