By Alice Kenny
A big guy with a big name but short on luck most of his life, formerly homeless Hollywood Anderson just won a ticket to his namesake, Hollywood, CA.
It’s all thanks, he says, to Catholic Charities affiliate/homeless shelter Covenant House and his powerful performance on American Idol.
Mr. Anderson, 22, found safety from the city streets along with the security and support he needed to thrive at Covenant House. His transformation from sleeping on subways to success began when Norm Lotz, a Covenant House executive, noted the then-homeless young man’s talent and passion for music. In addition to the home, food and counseling that Covenant House provided the young man, Mr. Lotz also gave him his first guitar.
The rest is American Idol history.
Watch the video that inspired millions of viewers.