About Me

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Please note that this is a personal blog and NOT affiliated with PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). The name @padschicago is generated from the actual pads on the floor that homeless people sleep on at shelters.

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About Me
I became homeless from complications of divorce and job layoff. I lived on the streets of Chicago‘s northwest suburbs for several years and considered Arlington Heights my “home”. I have struggled with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) since about 2002. By using social media and networking since June 2009, I have changed my life…..

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9 comments on “About Me
  1. Anthony says:

    Hello, my name is Anthony. I am putting together a project entitled “Spare Change” That will show the lives of people experiencing homelessness. The book that I hope to get published will be a picture/poetry book. The poems will be constructed from the words of the person experiencing homelessness. My overall goal is to show people that the homeless are people as well and show their life story in hopes to inspire others to help. The funds that are donated to the project will be used to find an agent to present the book to a major publishing company and also a prototype of the books structure. Some of the money will also go to copywriting as well. The proceeds after publishing will go to help shelter and feed people who are experiencing homelessness and hopefully through this it will help people understand the life stories and what led up to certain people facing their situation.

    I was wondering if you could help me get this project exposure and help.

    Please contact me via email or phone call

    Email: photacular@gmail.com

    phone number: 419-386-4785

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  2. Very inspirational reading through your blog and it show that anything is possible. I just started to chronicle what I am going through and reading through your story has helped to keep me going.

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  3. Hello Ann Marie,
    I beleive in what you are doing and I am proud of you for doing it. I will donate to your organization as soon as I am employed again. God bless and watch over you and the flock.

    John Mc Hugh
    jmchugh941@hotmail.com

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  4. zolemia says:

    I have just found you via MASHABLE. My heart goes out to you as I live with chronic pain due to an injury from a car accident 6 1/2 years ago. I am a single Mom of two children and disability does not pay enough to raise two children. Although I do have a home. I am glad you are receiving help. There really is kind people.

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  5. […] to her blog, Walsh suffers from medical and mental health issues, and has not seen her two children in more than three […]

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  6. Paul says:

    Have you tried getting into Lincoln Park Community Shelter. it is suppose to be a great place.

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  7. Jason says:

    Hope is the dream of the waking man.
    ~French Proverb

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  8. harboursinvanuatu says:

    I have just spent time reading your blog. My heart goes out to you. I am a missionary in Vanuatu, but Australia is my home country. THere is homelessness there, but not as bad as the US, australia is a lot better with welfare than the US. I am so glad you are still hooked into your faith in God. I pray that you will find a way out of homelessness and make contact with your children again. God bless you.

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