Story of Jay

Location: Los Angeles, CA Jay (age 39) reached out to CMP through Facebook. She is not a veteran but is a representative of many of the single mothers out there who must depend on government assistance to survive. She has two young boys (5 yrs old and 7 years old) who depend on her for […]

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2019 CMP

My (Carrie) story of giving began in the 1990s, when I was a high school senior. I was a candy striper at a local hospital and a basketball and softball coach at the local boys and girls club. When I was in my early 20s I decided to be a big sister. As I watched […]

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Story of Bobbie Lynn

Years Served and Branch: 2 Yrs US Navy, Honorably DischargedLocation: Long Beach, CA UPDATE 9/10/19: Bobbie is in contact with her social workers and is working on getting SSVF funding. CMP is no longer taking funds for Bobbie but we are in contact with her and will provide updates as informed. UPDATE 2/4/19: She has […]

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Story of Sarah

Sarah, Navy Veteran After being honorably discharged from the Navy, she had to apply for disability. While she waited for her disability status from the VA, she lived off her life savings and ended up maxing out her credit cards. Sarah (27) is a Navy veteran. We were happy to answer the call to help […]

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Understanding the Needs of Female Veterans

I walk into the room where a female only luncheon is held, arriving 1 hour late. I felt bad that I was late, but then again I did stop for water and ice on the way over, which I knew was greatly needed. A former council woman speaks to the women present, the majority being […]

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Story of Jessica

Jessica is 29, homeless, and a student at Arizona State University (ASU). Currently, she is staying at an all woman’s shelter in Phoenix, AZ. She recently received word that since she is young and capable of having a job, she can no longer stay at the shelter. This shelter is categorized as an “Overflow Shelter”. […]

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Story of Paige

My name is Paige. I live in Maryland and I am homeless. For over the past three months, I have been sleeping on a couch. Before this living situation, I was in rehab for alcoholism. I moved into a transitional house, but was pushed out because I could not find work. Even though I have […]

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145 Invisible Women

In most cases the public will not recognize these women as being homeless. They are not pushing a grocery cart filled with their possessions. You probably will not see them on a street corner asking for donations. Some of them have jobs, but not affordable housing. The 145 “Invisible Women” spend their nights at a […]

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Volunteering at a Women’s Shelter

I never imagined what it would be like to live in a shelter.  Living in a shelter is a challenge, but at least it is a roof over the head and food is provided.  Being an older adult, 57, and having to follow their rules is a challenge.  An example is that we have to […]

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Changing Lives – Continuation of The Shelter

Women who stay in “The Shelter” have shared information about what they need to change in their lives and what they appreciate.  Churches, women’s, and community groups are needed to help change the lives of the women who live in shelters or on the streets.  One or two individuals cannot do this alone!     […]

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The Shelter

Arriving at the UMOM overflow shelter, located in Phoenix, AZ, I didn’t know what to expect. This is my first time going to a shelter. Questions like the following keep running through my mind before I even arrived. Why do individuals end up here? How long can they stay? What do they get to eat, […]

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Have you thought about Giving Up?

I used to care more about others: their lack of a smile, the lack of family support, and the lack of knowing how to be independent and getting an education.  As I am in my late 60’s, I realize that over the last ten years I have become more selfish. Maybe be it’s because I […]

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