Jose Ramirez on AB7 News

Man Who Was Formerly Homeless Says Running Saved His Life

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- At 26 years old, Jose Ramirez says he's lived a life with regrets. He was formerly incarcerated, abused drugs, and was living on the streets of Los Angeles.

"I was a homeless drug addict," Ramirez said.

Ramirez says his life began to take a turn when he was referred to Holliday's Helping Hands, an organization that provides social services and temporary housing.

"A lot of times our clients come to our facilities, they have health problems, they may have mental problems and they could have drug problems," said Holliday's Helping Hands Chief Executive Officer Katina Holliday. "But that doesn't matter with Holliday's Helping Hands. What matters most is we meet them where they are and everyone deserves a home."

Ramirez discovered his passion for running after he joined a drug assistance program.


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