COSTA MESA — During Thursday morning's Bible study at Lighthouse Church, Danon Hellbusch sat on the floor between racks of free clothes, charging a slim red phone.
The man, recently homeless and living in a cardboard box near the Department of Motor Vehicles office on 19th Street, said it was the ability to connect his cell phone to a power source that led him to his all-important job interview Friday.
"It's very important when I'm working," said a clean-shaven Hellbusch in his spotless white T-shirt. "I'm a virtual assistant. I'm using my cell phone and laptop continually."
Electrical outlets are simple, small and found in every home, but to the homeless, they are sometimes a hard-to-access necessity that powers everything from smartphones and laptops to wheelchairs and court-ordered monitoring bracelets.
Lighthouse Church, bodegas, cars and friends' homes are just some of the power sources serving a population of increasingly connected street people.