Women

So, I went from having this amazing potential future to, literally, in under a year living in a van I remember just the terror and fear How am I going to raise this baby? What am I going to do? Melissa, mother of 2-year-old Rowan is just one story out of the thousands of families who become...
Four years ago, Ellison, now 42, says she was a crack cocaine and alcohol addict who slept on park benches. Today she has a place to live and has taken classes at Everest College, in Arlington, Va., in a medical assistants program. Ellison received her apartment through Housing First, a...
I am not only a person who has been really poor, virtually homeless for a period, but also still on the edge of poverty. Although I am working as an Auxiliary on Call there is often no work available, so I filed for Employment Insurance, grateful that I will have enough hours to qualify. I want to...
I never planned to be here where I am now. I was born with many hidden handicaps and a family that liked to move because they couldn’t cope. The reason we first came up here was because my dad dreamed to find gold in 1974. I was young, going to school, what set me back from learning was moving...
How many of you have seen a car with its troubled driver pulled off to the side of the road…only to drive on by? How many of you have seen someone walking on the side of the road in the pouring rain…only to drive on by? How many times have you seen a homeless person pushing a cart up the road…and...
Personal stories collected as part of A Place to Call Home: Edmonton's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness Update, Year 1.

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