James Edger (Jay Dee Baby) is a native of Huntsville, AL. His education ended in the 6th grade when he joined his father as a commercial and residential painter. He moved to Chattanooga in 2011 living at the Chattanooga Rescue Mission for a number of years, before being relocated into low-income housing. He receives counseling to assist him in understanding his divorce and past. Making art at H*Art Gallery and H*Art Community classes bring him joy and help to “see him through” the hard times. He earns extra money through our H*Artworks program, as chief brick maker for our memorial garden, (among other jobs at H*Art) which enables him to pay for housing and other living expenses.