Say “pit bull” and expect a reaction.
Just don’t expect it to be mild.
“They think of a vicious, evil dog that will attack,” said Corey Brown, a pit-bull owner who lives on Youngstown’s South Side.
Traveling down Logan Avenue on the North Side of Youngstown, you might miss the small white building at 1245.
But if you ignored the nearby vacant businesses and climbed the concrete stairs and walked through the polished, wooden double doors, you’d be greeted by the scent of coffee and hot food — and a lot of history.
Jimmy Ceballos, 55, never got a high school diploma or a college degree. He worked as a neighborhood handyman and auto mechanic. However, his reliance on drugs led to a life on the streets. One night, he nearly died after the abandoned house he was sleeping in caught fire from his burn barrel. Since then, he has found help friends willing to give him odd jobs. In addition to work, they clean his clothes and feed him. He feels lucky. "I am alive and have great friends. I don't need anything else."