Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America
5th Anniversary - Updated & Expanded Edition
With foreword by Francis Chan
Ever Wonder What it Would Be Like to Live Homeless?
Mike Yankoski did more than just wonder. By his own choice, Mike's life went from upper-middle class plush to scum-of-the-earth repulsive overnight. With only a backpack, a sleeping bag and a guitar, Mike and his traveling companion, Sam, set out
1. On page 114 he mentions walking past a church on a Friday evening. The church is closed, locked, chained, and padlocked. The two took offense to this and then went ...more
Aside from being full of unverified (read; made up, fake, lies, ect) "facts" (if you go below south Mission, the latinos will kill you for being white. If you go any further below the soup kitchen on market, the blacks will kill you for being white. but don't worry-- if you hang out in the bloody TENDERLOIN all the time, you'll be just fine), this book is the most hypocritical peice of crap.
EXAMPLE: lots of time is spent in this book complaining that people ignore them beca ...more
Read Under the Overpass and you will look differently at the homeless problem in America and your heart and soul will forever be changed.
Mike Yankoski did more than just wonder. By his own choice, Mike’s life went from upper-middle class plush to scum-of-the-earth repulsive overnight. With only a backpack, a sleeping bag and a guitar, Mike and his traveling companion, Sam, set out to experience life on the streets in six different cities—from Washington D.C. to San Diego— and they put themselves ...more
Under the Overpass has led me to start asking myself some tough questions. How do I *honestly* react when I see those in need around me? How ...more
He is clueless about substance abuse disorders, apparently believing prayer can solve complicated medical problems. Faced with describing how women on the street have it "harder than men" he talks about a girl that he hints may be engaging in commercial sex work but so uncomfortable with the subject matter h ...more
Yankoski professes a need to place his life in the hands of his savior, and believes in the strength provided by Him as having redemptive powers. But he also addressed a universal need, an essential component of being human that is transcendent of religious faith: the need to love one another, and to help those in need.
Bravo also for raising the issues that many do not- specifically the hypocrisy, greed and selfishness evident in many who consider themselves religious, ...more
The lyrics to "Give Me the Eyes to See" by Brandon Jacobs, played in the back of my mind as I read the experiences of Mike Yankoski and his friend and companion on his journey, Sam, through the streets of Denver, Washington, D.C., Portland, San Franciso, Phoenix and San Diego and wept at the triumphs, the heartaches and the gritty and captivating reality that they e ...more
But for me the big disappointm ...more
It did not disappoint.
Through Mike and Sam's journey I was allowed into a world in which I do not live, and yet I walk by on the streets on a fairly regular basis. Growing up in a small town where homelessness was not a visible part of our community, this book has shaken me deep in my soul.
In my new community, homelessness slaps you ...more
Such a deep reminder to me of how people were intended to be treated, and how to break apart the preconceptions that are often brought to homelessness. It's easy to rationalize, justify, and come up with new solutions to the problem of avoiding others, but the significance of our lives is the proximity that we live to one another - not learning to empathize with those above us, but reaching to those below us, not from a position of strength to weakness, but real caring ...more
public facilities - preferred any time shelter/b room
Tortillas & peanut butter per week = $4
Could survive on $3 per day - eat at rescue missions & use free trains around Portland. Good evening $40
Portland better than DC
Friends are good to have (important)
1. Don't ...more
I am currently working my way through a list of books related to serving homeless people as I prepare for an outreach project that I am coordinating for next summer. I ran across some mentions of Mike Yankoski's “Under the Overpass” online and quickly got my hands on a copy of the audiobook version of the text. In this brief memoir, Mike writes about the summer in which he and his friend Sam took five months off fro ...more
And, well, I needed something to read...
So approaching this book I was willing to overlook the preachiness/Christian POV of the author-it's his book, experience and I don't have to b ...more