Remembering Yossie A’H – By: Anonymous

About 15 years ago, I found myself at the newly founded TLR (The Living Room). I’m sure it had something to do with my brief and light association with Ourplace, but can say for certain, as things were a a bit hazy for me back then.

Early on, Yossie introduced himself to me. While no one told me who he was or what he was doing there, I eventually concluded he was simply a do-gooder who came by to offer his time.

However, Yossi was different from any other “volunteer” I had ever interacted with over my years in various programs and institutions. Yossi sat back, listened and asked a few questions in the most respectful, considerate, humble and loving way possible.

Over the years, I continued to see Yossi, even as he started to come less and less often. When he did come, however, my heart swelled with love and respect for a man who I hade barely spoken with and about who I only knew his first name.
I eventually learned that Yossi was in Healthcare (I now realize that the super vague description was the way he wanted it) and was always available to “help” out with.

As I BH grew up and out of the streets and into adulthood and then fatherhood, I could tell it meant the world to him, even when I didn’t share all the details! He would hear me speak at a meeting and we just looked at each other and he just knew. A number of times, he told me how proud he was of me and to keep it up.

To sum it up, Yossi was one of the first people in my journey as an “outsider” that treated me with genuine respect. He made me feel as if: “If this guy sees something in me, maybe there are things about me that I could start to respect.”  And, thanks to Yossi, that’s exactly what I did one day at a time.

When I heard of his passing, I knew I had to pay my respects to his family and what I heard about Yossi shook me to my core. The stories have given me additional sparks and character traits that I will treasure and strive to emulate forever. Most importantly, I will seek to be the guy that shows up at a place like TLR to show respect and love to young men who may only know my first name, and thereby paying it forward in Yossi’s memory.

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