Leon worked in the steel mills of Pittsburgh before being laid off in the 1980s. After losing his career, he came to Los Angeles in search of work, but made little headway. Mired in shame, alcohol and drug addiction, he hit Skid Row and stayed for 20 years.
Only after one of his daughters found him, did he decide to rejoin society. He came to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center on Skid Row in 2012. Our staff offered Leon support to conquer his addictions, then helped him qualify for an apartment. Leon comes regularly to the Cardinal Manning Center to act as a mentor for other homeless men, and is joyful about his sobriety and reconnecting with his long-lost family.