Ahwatukee resident and author, Alex Hermosillo, will be donating all the proceeds from his book, “Hope, Healing and Miracles,” to the Society St. Vincent DePaul of Phoenix this week.

All digital and in-store sales over the two-day period, Nov. 20-21, will go directly to the St. Vincent DePaul, which serves more than 2,500 meals daily to the city’s homeless, according to a press release from Mastery of Energy Healing.

Hermosillo, who was formerly homeless, has a special place in his heart for charity work. He has been working in the community to heal and help people ever since escaping homelessness himself.

Hermosillo described his experience on the streets: “I was forgotten. No one cared. People were afraid of me because the way I was dressed.”

He said being homeless was, “very lonely, very frightening... I was hoping no one would take advantage, cause you pain or call the police on you.”

Eventually, Hermosillo met someone who brought him to St. Vincent DePaul for food. There he met a priest affiliated with St. Vincent, who let him stay in his own home.

“He actually provided shelter for me for a, oh boy, if I remember minimal of two weeks, almost a month,” Hermosillo said.

He was able to get back on his feet after her receiving help from St. Vincent DePaul and receiving inheritance after his mother passed away. He used the money to search for work and start his life again.

Now, Hermosillo is an author and speaker. He speaks at medical colleges, conferences, bookstores, churches and related associations about healing through energy.

Hermosillo will be signing books on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Barnes & Noble, 1758 S. Val Vista Drive in Mesa, from 5-7 p.m. The first 50 people to purchase a book will receive Hermosillo’s meditation CD as a gift.

Fore more information about Hermosillo, visit http://masteryofenergyhealing.com.

To donate to the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, visit http://www.stvincentdepaul.net/give.

• Matt Covert is a sophomore at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the AFN.

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