Elka Zwick
Elka Zwick

I have a client who had to leave with two young girls, because his wife stabbed him in the leg, and choked their daughter. They lived in a flea-bag motel at Christmas-time for more than two weeks. She still owes them child support, but she spends it on beer. Why must domestic violence always have a feminine image? Seriously...

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Wellspring Family Services
  • Elka Zwick

Yes, domestic violence has quite the impact on leading people down the road to becoming homeless. Be sure to share your story and experiences with others on our Story page. Thank you for your support!

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Gerald V McKenna Lmhc
Gerald V McKenna Lmhc

Nice fairly normal array of people in the shelter I went to.

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  • Gerald V McKenna Lmhc

Gerald, would you mind sharing more of your experience on our Story page? We would love to read more! Thank you for your support!

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Adriana Arnaut
Adriana Arnaut

Kind gesture that's worth doing.

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Wellspring Family Services
  • Adriana Arnaut

Thank you for taking our pledge! We are looking forward to hearing your story later this week; keep us updated!

Janice Burdick
Janice Burdick

I have to tell you, that most of the suggestions (up above) on how to approach a homeless person, are pretty corny. I was homeless for about 4 years. Unless one is brand new to the street life, they already know where the shelters are, and how to get food stamps or meals. Not all, but most people on the street have either alcohol or drug issues...or both...and all they really want from you is money so they can go get a beer...or whatever. In this town, there were people who went around...

I have to tell you, that most of the suggestions (up above) on how to approach a homeless person, are pretty corny. I was homeless for about 4 years. Unless one is brand new to the street life, they already know where the shelters are, and how to get food stamps or meals. Not all, but most people on the street have either alcohol or drug issues...or both...and all they really want from you is money so they can go get a beer...or whatever. In this town, there were people who went around and handed out bags with helpful things inside like socks, warm gloves, toiletries, and so forth. Now those things were helpful...far more than someone who has never been homeless, trying to tell me about the Mission. LOL...oh my god....you have NO idea how many times homeless people hear, "go to the Mission." I doubt they had ever seen the inside of a mission.

Jen Whitwell
Jen Whitwell
  • Janice Burdick

I heard about a lady who had an outside bathroom and she let homeless people have showers there if they asked. I thought that was a good idea.

Janice Burdick
Janice Burdick
  • Janice Burdick

Yes! Very generous of her and an excellent idea. Staying clean is so hard when you live on the streets.

Kittie Lassiter Grimm
Kittie Lassiter Grimm
  • Janice Burdick

Very true, Janice! Good points...

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  • Janice Burdick

Janice, thanks for sharing your insight on this topic! Don't forget to share what else you have learned this week on our Story page:

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Paul Santo
Paul Santo

I have slept right on the streets of NYC, I think this is a good thing because like me everyone says no not me, until It's too late.

Margaret Santo
Margaret Santo
  • Paul Santo

I know what you mean. I was one day from homeless and an angel was sent. Perfect stranger who said i looked like had lot on my mind. I told him and he told me about an apt. Went right there and they workwd with me so my kids and i could move im next day it can happen to even hard working

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  • Paul Santo

Paul, thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Be sure to tell others what you have learned this week on our Story page:

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Paul Santo
Paul Santo
  • Paul Santo

Aunt Margaret, Thank you so much. Aunt Barbara too , You always get involved with things that are important to me. And should be important to all this day and age.

John Shute
John Shute

I was homeless for quite awhile.

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  • John Shute

John, thank you for sharing a bit of your personal experiences with us. Be sure to share what you learned this week on our Story page as well:

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Jen Whitwell
Jen Whitwell
  • John Shute

It looks like a really cold place to be homeless, glad to hear you are not in that position now :)

Jami Lee
Jami Lee

I have talked with hundreds of homeless people over the past 3 years. The most difficult thing to get on a regular basis is a shower and clean clothes. Homeless people, for the most part (unless newly homeless), know where to find a meal and a place to sleep (even if outdoors) and even where they can take a shower (although not available every day). What they need most is a place to wash their clothes and get socks and underwear. The other thing they need is REAL help finding a job. ...

I have talked with hundreds of homeless people over the past 3 years. The most difficult thing to get on a regular basis is a shower and clean clothes. Homeless people, for the most part (unless newly homeless), know where to find a meal and a place to sleep (even if outdoors) and even where they can take a shower (although not available every day). What they need most is a place to wash their clothes and get socks and underwear. The other thing they need is REAL help finding a job. Many shelters profess that they provide job assistance, but do not provide a bus pass or taxi fare to get to an interview. They also do not actively go out into the community to partner with employers. While they do enable one to have a roof over their head, food to eat and a place to clean their clothes, they do not allow enough time in the shelter to find a job and save enough to afford a place to live. 60 days is not long when you need to find a job and afford a place to live. And sometimes, they just want someone to listen to them for a while.

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  • Jami Lee

Jamie, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and insights with us. Be sure to go back and tell others of your experiences on our Story page:

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Nancy Wilson
Nancy Wilson
  • Jami Lee

That is SOOOOOOO TRUE!

Martina Fink
Martina Fink

I know what it means to BE HOMELESS I was 4 years ago kiked out from my BF (together over 8 years) Mother House, one day when we came home she just changed the lock, she is a person who can not solve issues ( she will be nice to you and and do lke alll is ok) anyhow it was middle Dez. ( here in Holland frezzing cold outside) we had no money aty the time (not that we got now money)lucky we still had thew car was an old one a little one she packed things up she thought we need I was not...

I know what it means to BE HOMELESS I was 4 years ago kiked out from my BF (together over 8 years) Mother House, one day when we came home she just changed the lock, she is a person who can not solve issues ( she will be nice to you and and do lke alll is ok) anyhow it was middle Dez. ( here in Holland frezzing cold outside) we had no money aty the time (not that we got now money)lucky we still had thew car was an old one a little one she packed things up she thought we need I was not allowed to get my clothes, and my Documents etc...and kicked me ( my man was welkom at her house it was me who was not welkom why I found out later she was reading in secret my Dairy) but my BF said were she goes I go so we left with a little bag no blanket no pillowes nothing in the co9ld we sleept for sure over 4 weeks in frezzingf winter in the car, its very hard life I have to say, mostly you wish not to wake up the next day anymore but lucky we got out, but the life of a Homeless person is not eazy wioth lots of stress ( runnunbg to get food here and tkae a shower there and at 4 aftrnoon you have to be back in a shelter or you sleep on the streets) anyhow we must see them also as pppl every person HAS A STORY do not just a guy or woman who is homeless..

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  • Martina Fink

Martina, thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us and for your support. Be sure to share other stories about this week, here:

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Pamela Winkler
Pamela Winkler
  • Martina Fink

I hope you two were able to get back on your "feet" and now have a place to stay.....I understand how it feels not to have a "home" ..... I was very very fortunate that I always had "FRIENDS" that took me in when I needed it!!

I am so sorry that you had to go through what you did!!

Know someone cares!!

Susan Suka Taylor
Susan Suka Taylor

FOOD AND SHELTER ARE PLANETARY AND ORGANIC RIGHT, NOT SOMETHING TO BE BASED ON CREDIT, WEALTH OR PRESTIGE. EVERYONE DESERVES THE RIGHT TO CLAIM A CAVE AND PICK A PIECE OF FRUIT OFF THE TREE TO SURVIVE WITHOUT PAYING SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS THEY OWN THAT RIGHT. DISGUSTING!

Susan Suka Taylor
Susan Suka Taylor

I will say this... IN THIS "GREAT" COUNTRY IT IS AN ABSOLUTE TRAVESTY AND SHAME THAT WE AS A NATION HAVE THIS GOING ON. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE AND UNACCEPTABLE. TO THE WEALTHY... HOW FUN CAN THE PARTY CONTINUE TO BE IF YOU HAVE TO STEP OVER STARVING AND DYING PEOPLE ON THE WAY TO YOU DOCKED YACHT? YOU WILL BECOME PRISONERS OF YOUR OWN WEALTH LIVING IN CAGES OF GATED ESTATES AND TRAVELLING IN BULLET PROOF CARS. HOW SAD IF THIS IS WHERE WE END UP AFTER ALL THIS EVOLUTION AND PROGRESS... DO WE JUST DE-EVOLVE INTO CHAOS?

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