But really, I needed to know how Leo really felt about all of this. Did he feel like a pawn in someone’s game? Did he feel like he was being treated like a stepping stone for McConlogue to get his 15 minutes in the spotlight? Did he even like coding? Did he know what Mashable was?

Leo just laughed. “I don’t really carea bout all that, what do I care? I’m learning something, right? I know I’m learning something and that’s what I care about. Patrick’s my man,” he told me.

Most importantly, Leo wanted me to know that he wasn’t miserable before McConlogue came along. Patrick, to him, was not a knight in shining armor, but rather a person who looked beyond the stereotype of homelessness and offered him a chance. He had never thought about coding, he admitted; he didn’t even know what it was until a month ago, but “It’s really hard to convince people that you are not a bad person, or a drug addict or a crazy. How are you gonna do that when you are homeless, and that’s how the homeless are depicted? It’s not always a negative thing but people don’t know that.”


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