Diamante Johnson has been part of the ACOF community since October 2018. Diamante proves that being born in jail does not prevent anyone from becoming an outstanding member of society.
 
Diamante was born in the 80’s and is originally from Texas, and alike the infamous state quote, his personality is bigger than life and shines brightly. Growing up, Diamante learned many valuable lessons from his great aunt and uncle who helped shape the morals and standards he holds today.
 
After living in Texas for 30 years, Diamante took a leap of faith and decided to move to Los Angeles. Currently, Diamante currently works at a transitional living site with a focus on finding a permanent home to the LGBTQIA+ homeless population.
 
Diamante will be celebrating his 40th birthday this year and is excited to continue working on personal development and coming home to his cat T’challa, who is named after the alter ego of the Marvel superhero Black Panther. Diamante is extremely thankful to be part of the ACOF community, a community which he feels seen and listened to.

What “Commuity” means to Diamante

“What community means to me? For me, community is more than just a group of people living in a particular area. A community is a group of people we lean on when times are tough; our friends, family, and neighbors who are there for us when we need love, support and encouragement.

ACOF has brought a sense of community to my life, like never before. You would assume that in an apartment building you wouldn’t make time or find time to know your neighbors or get out to a therapy session, or any other activities/events outside of your home. I credit my sense of community to the amazing, hand on, but not intrusive, non-judgemental, yet compassionate/nurturing, supportive and creative staff here at ACOF.

From monthly tenant meetings, supportive 1-on-1 sessions, therapists, psychiatrists, movie nights, art classes, or staff showing appreciation with endless BBQ’s, which bring everyone in the buildings together. Whether we are having a heart-to-heart conversation with security or helping another tenant carry their groceries to the elevator. We are more than a community, we are family.”