Who Are the Shelter Women?

After visiting “The Shelter” to volunteer I met some amazing women.  These women have been through a lot in their lives, facing difficult circumstances.  While I see men on street corners asking for help, I rarely see women.

The women staying at “The Shelter” come from different backgrounds, all of them are single and mainly ages 35- 50 and older.  Some of them are physically disabled and some obviously have mental health issues.  Below is what some of these women have shared with me.

  • Someone tried to kill me.  The most difficult living here is are crazy and I’ve never seen anything like this before.
  • I am disabled and my family abused me by pushing me around and plus they lied to me defrauding me.
  • Domestic violence-with verbal, mental, and physical abuse lead me to be homeless.
  • I moved to this area to help my son who is dealing with TBI and PTSD after 2 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Due to his injuries I could not take after six months.  I had nowhere to go after leaving him.
  • Having to file bankruptcy at age 56, I had nowhere else to live.
  • Lack of financial stability at age 53, not having a job and was evicted for my housing.
  • At age 51, my house was foreclosed on and I am disabled.
  • At age 52, I became homeless and have OCD which makes it even more difficult living in a shelter.
  • My daughter-in-law through me out of her home, so at age 58, I became homeless and miss my dear granddaughters.
  • I lost my job, CPS took my 3 children, so without a job and stable housing I have nowhere else to go.

When I asked a couple of the residents if they have anything they want to share with the general public she said the following:

  • “Homelessness can befall anyone who encounters financial disability and misfortune.  There should be more transitional housing for women who are in need of temporary assistance.  There is also a severe mental health crisis occurring in the city of ___, possible due to over medication by doctors.  We need more shade situations for homeless individuals to retreat to in the hot summer months. And more sincere concern.
  • To realize and treat the homeless people better as we each have a different story but most of us are experiencing homelessness because of situations beyond our control such as a loss of job, housing, domestic situations, etc. and a lot due to the economy – Not everyone is a drug addict or alcoholic.  A lot of homeless need help to getting better training to educate themselves to get a job.

Knowing that women are homeless too is important.

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  1. I am trying to find a place for my sister to live with other seniors , have her own room .Preferably near Victorville, California. As this is where her family is living. Again they do not have their own place either. If you have any idea where I can go to find something I would appreciate it. Thank you

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