I’ve had a lot of questions in life. One of the most troublesome was when I became homeless. I had no idea what to expect or what to do. In time, I learned more and found help, again and again. Of course, learning is never ending. Though I am homeless no more, I am still learning about homelessness. I see people on the street, I may talk to, and may offer to try and help them how I can. What if one of the homeless people I met was you?
On April 7, 2011, I was that homeless person. I interviewed with a case manager with Deborah’s Place and was accepted in to their permanant housing program.
Here I receive support services with my housing, and with no time limits. Permanent housing is just that–I can stay forever or for as long as I like.
For my birthday on December 18th, I’m asking my friends and family for a special gift: help me raise $250 for Deborah’s Place–but in under one day that goal was met! I have faith that we can raise more yet! It is still one week to my birthday. Due to reaching my initial goal so quickly, I believe the challenge should raised. Let’s make the NEW GOAL $500.00!
Without this Deborah’s Place, I would be homeless and living on the streets. They help myself and others giving us housing and free services while we work to acheive self-sufficiency. With no income, my rent is free. We residents at Deborah’s Place love it here. We know the reality: if not for this awesome organization, we would be homeless living on the streets again.
Please consider giving to my Birthday Wish, and together we can help end homelessness. If you can’t give now, I’d really appreciate if you’d share this link http://wishes.causes.com/wishes/494455 with your friends, family, and co-workers.
Thanks so much,
AnnMarie Walsh, @padschicago
Posted in advocacy, charities, Homelessness, News, Personal
Tagged charity, Chicago, Deborah's, fundraising, homeless, housing, nonprofit, philanthropy, Place
I am formerly homeless for almost 3 days now. I moved in to supportive permanent housing at Deborah’s Place / Marah’s Thursday afternoon. I absolutely *LOVE* it here! I have never found such impressive, intensive case management practice anywhere, nor such love and welcoming! It’s unbelievable! Housing here is for women only. Male/female guests may be entertained on first floor and outside. Hot meals are served, laundry is free, there are a few pieces of workout equipment, a large library with computers, activities, a beautiful yard with gazebo and a great grill are all included with housing at no extra charges. Rent is free without income, or 30% of income. This is permanent housing so I can stay here forever or long as I want with all these extra benefits. It makes sense. Life is never ending goals and accomplishments, short and long term. This is like any other housing complex, but the management style is more personal and friendly. I like it. They accept donations so if you would like to help the 30 women who benefit from living here, please contact Deborah’s Place at Marah’s today! **Please check back soon–I will post photos and video soon!**
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Tagged case management, charities, charity, Deborah's Place, donations, home, home sweet home, homeless, homelesssness, housing, housing for women, Marah's, supportive housing
Sometimes its not easy to be homeless. Like when it rains at night and I need to find a dry place to hopefully get some sleep. But there are other times as well. Like today. All day because of health issues that the rheumatologist hasn’t diagnosed yet, my kidneys didn’t produce much of anything despite that I was drinking plenty. Well now they have kicked in! Just in time for the night, when I hope to sleep. But NO–I will likely be awakened a few times at least. There are bushes nearby that I can use–but who wants to use bushes for a toilet?! Maybe some of this swelling will start to go away after this. I am still having pains from the swelling occurring.
Something good did happen this morning. I saw my case worker and we are still working on the connections for mental health stuff. I signed a release so should could talk to someone. I told her about me going to a fundraiser for a homeless services place and she was impressed! She seemed very excited and said that she could set it up so I could get my hair all done up, cut and complete style and everything for it! That is so awesome! It has been a whole year since I got a haircut–no frills, just a normal cut, at a homeless shelter. The cut this time that my case worker would set me up with would be done by students, but just because of how long it has been since I have had a haircut I am still really excited about it! I asked her about a computer and webcam and there are no webcams there, but I told her about Mark Horvath of Invisible People doing the video interview of me and she thought it was great and she’d look and check in about finding access to one.
Posted in Health, links, Personal, Uncategorized
Tagged @hardlynormal, Health, homeless, homelessness, housing, Invisible People, Mark Horvath, Pads Chicago, padschicago, poverty, shelter, Twitter, video, You Tube, YouTube
The shelter sites will close before long. Then what will I do? Where will I go? I am still trying to figure it out. I am a little scared. I’ve had problems in the past with other homeless people following me and watching me in the night. I got paranoid last summer because of it and over-stressed. To learn that an alcoholic homeless guy followed me “home” to my outdoor sleeping place for the purpose of watching me sleep because he liked me! I can’t live like that again being scared that someone is watching and following me! Plus my physical health issues aren’t helped by sleeping outside. Why can’t I find a job as a house-sitter or live-in something? I am not mentally prepared to be able to live outside again. Yet any housing program I try, they don’t like my psych history and that I ‘m not on meds and refuse to accept me. Though if they did accept me, I would be able to see a psychiatrist who they refer to and be able to start meds right away. All these places want me already on psych drugs. How do I get the psych drugs when I can’t get any psychiatrist willing to see me because I have no money, and no organization will accept me as a patient because I don’t have a “residence”?! What the heck am I supposed to do?! Keep looking. Its about all I can do. Its depressing. Reject after reject. I want a place to live, I want psych care, I want my physical health issues taken care of, I want to go to school and have a job. I want to have a life.
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Tagged charity, Health, help, homeless, homelessness, housing, life, mental, mental health, money, Pads, Pads Chicago, padschicago, poverty, psych, psychiatrist, shelter, shelters