Women

At first glance I did not know Joni was homeless. Little did I know, she spent the previous night sleeping on a bench in Times Square. This is where I noticed her trying to steal a cup of coffee; she was caught, and my heart broke for her. Many people think that homeless people just want money for...
Melissa ran away at age 15. She has been treated like a toilet all her life, as a child, as a teenage girl and now as a woman she has been raped sometimes daily by whatever male wants to use her.
In 1954, when I was six years old, I came to Canada from Germany. Ever since then I have lived in Vancouver. When I was growing up, my father abused me physically, mentally, and sexually. My mother did nothing to protect me. At the age of 13, I ran away from home and stayed with my friends in New...
A woman describes how a broken heart triggered a lifetime of heartache… I first fell in love when I was nineteen years old. He was my whole world. We later split up because of difficulties. It broke my heart and I moved back to Newfoundland. All of a sudden, as the days went by and weeks stretched...
A woman – in and out of psychiatric hospitals for 23 years - overcomes her addiction to food and medication… My name is Louanne. I'm forty years old, and I can honestly say that until two years ago, I never had a place to call home. I was born on the Burin Peninsula in Newfoundland and came from...
This interview was done in 2008 bring to life the findings from the 2002-2005 Panel Study on Homelessness in Ottawa.

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