John Hwang posted a sad picture of a young Hmong homeless man in pain on his Facebook page that caught the eye of some good samaritans. The homeless man named Sang D. Yang had been living on the streets in Downtown, Los Angeles, and was looking to connect with his family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He lost contact with his family members after his mother passed. However, living in the streets left him with next to nothing after he was robbed of his phone and wallet. So Hwang posted the picture of Yang asking people for help and luckily some fellow Hmong Americans living in Los Angeles saw it.
“I met this young man today in downtown,” Hwang wrote on Facebook. He was crying, telling me “I can’t change the things I’ve done, but I want to be better.” His mother passed a few years ago, and he lost contact with other family members. He wants to get off the street, and reconnect with his family again.
“Since being homeless he’s been robbed of most of his things; wallet, ID, phone, etc.
“His name is Sang D. Yang, and he’s of Hmong descent, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“He can be found on 1st Street near Alameda.
“Now sure how I can best help him, but if anyone can provide assistance in some way please let me know.”
Daniel Lee saw the post and wanted to help Yang. He and some friends went downtown to look for Yang and they miraculously found him.
“I read it and I was like ‘Well, you know he’s my people and lets see what we can do to help out,'” Lee told CBS 2, Los Angeles. “Let me at least just track him down and see if I can get him connected to resources.”
Lee went way above and beyond helping Yang. He drove Yang over 2000 miles to Milwaukee and now Sang is getting the help he needs.