I’m Jonny and hail from Sth London (have lived all over) but now lived in Spain longer than I have anywhere else.
I am blessed with 4 amazing boys and a beautiful partner, been a professional Musician all my life and worked with other homeless projects over the years in the UK & in Los Angeles. I’m the “New Kid in Town” as it were as I started volunteering with Project 4 All in January 2021.
I’ve unfortunately been through some bad times in my life and ended up on the streets a number of times. For years I was addicted to Heroin, Crack and a number of prescription drugs.
But through determination, the grace of God, a lot of help & patience from a few good mates and love, support from my family I kicked the addiction and have been clean since January 2001. I’d been sleeping in a wheely bin (big trash can) to escape the harsh British winter when I was tipped into the back of a refuse lorry, fortunately the guy operating the crusher saw me and hit the Emergency Stop button and saved my life.
This encounter got me some help and into social (Council) housing, but after a very bloody Christmas in 2000 in which 7 of my friends were murdered or OD’d I’d had enough, I felt useless, a failure and tried to take my own life by overdose. The next morning, I woke with the sun on my face, (honestly but briefly thinking I’d somehow made it to heaven), that was my moment of clarity, I realised it wasn’t my time, that life had more for me and God had other plans.
We’ve (my family) been doing our own thing with homeless people for many years in our house working alone until I was told about Project 4 All. I called Soeten immediately and within a few days I was out with Matty and not looked back since. The thing I love is the team work, the projects autonomy and the fact that it really is an all-inclusive organisation that relies on grass roots, community-based cooperation.
My Mottos in life are – “For each Barricade placed to stop us, there’s 100 ways to pass them!” & “Change the world, one small act of kindness at a time!”