It was in the local Pasadena Public Library where Rajali fell in love with reading and education as a child. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College and a teacher’s certificate. He taught computer applications and pursued his hobby of voiceover and radio work.
But the education sector was hard hit by the recession, and Rajali’s teaching position was eliminated. His struggle to survive was only compounded when he suffered two strokes in 2012. He lived with friends and managed to find tech work, but with failing health and dwindling work, Rajali could not pay rent.
A friend referred him to Union Station, where he found the stability and resources he needed.
“I can regain control over my life now,” he says.
Angry and feeling inadequate, John’s early bad judgments and bouts with drugs and alcohol found him at age 33 living in his car.
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