From Homeless to Hollywood

Nov 29, 2021

From homelessness to high fashion: Brandon chases his dream of fashion design in Los Angeles with The Salvation Army by his side.

When Brandon first arrived in Los Angeles from his small town in northern Canada, he had no idea where he was going or how he was going to live. He had heard of Hollywood, so he walked there from LAX.

“I was hesitant at first to come in (to the Center), but when I did, everyone was very welcoming.”

Brandon decided to go to California after his family kicked him out of the home when he revealed he was gay. He went to L.A. to chase his dream of becoming a fashion designer in a place he believe to be “gay friendly” – a place where he could be himself. But when he got there, he didn’t know anyone and didn’t have any money, so he slept on the streets for a month.