A Los Angeles native, Thomas went into the military service when he was seventeen years old. When he returned home three years later, he worked with his dad painting houses and building cabinets. His prior experience with woodworking made Thomas a valuable team member during the Refresh Spot build, where he was able to read shop drawings and take the the lead on assembly.
Thomas spent 15 years homeless in LA, most recently living with his partner and daughter in what is referred to as "Tent City". After he engaged with street outreach teams, he was placed in permanent housing through a program for veterans. In his new apartment, Thomas enjoys baking and playing with his many cats. He returns to Tent City often with baked goods for the people still living there, and he is working hard to get his other family members off the street.
Thomas' goal at Would Works was to buy furniture for his new apartment. His last day was his 60th birthday and Thomas was excited to have furniture in time to host his first birthday party at his new home.
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The Young Makers Program provides youth the opportunity to learn the beginning fundamentals of woodworking. At WW they learn to fabricate kitchen products and furniture all the while gaining experience using tools and machines in the wood shop that will prepare them for jobs when they graduate from our program.