In response to the letter, "Don't judge panhandlers," I have been homeless, I am a recovering addict, I have been to prison and I am a felon on parole. As difficult as it is, and the challenges I have been up against as a felon, I have a full time job. It's not one I really want with the pay I desire, but I make myself go everyday so I don't have to go stand on a corner with a sign and I can be a part of this community, pay my part in taxes and try to support my family. I am also registered for full-time school to begin a new career and I'm middle aged with medical conditions. I have had, and still do ha, a lot of road blocks; however, I continue to strive to overcome these challenges. I could have said to hell with it early on, and not done anything at all, getting free hand outs as I went back to prison. But I made a choice. I am willing to go the distance to reach to make a better life for myself. I entered counseling and I got fellowship support from my church.