Grateful for shelter but longing for home: One resident’s story

Vulnerable Teenage Girl Sleeping On The Street

One resident at Samaritan House Women’s Shelter shared her story of hope in the midst of poverty and loneliness.

 

“Everybody hits rock bottom at one time in their lives. This is my rock bottom.

I’m 31 years old. I had a fiancé once, but he committed suicide. I also had a job at Good Times. Then my brother, who is mentally ill and schizophrenic, got my keys and took off with my car. My wallet and ID were in there. I lost it all. We had no other choice than to be at shelters.

I’m so grateful for the people at the women’s shelter. They don’t want to see us homeless. They give me a warm place to lay my head. I’m very thankful for this place.

You feel so lonely sometimes, experiencing homelessness. I’m tired of being cold. But my number one goal is to take care of my brother. I want us to be back home so bad. We’re going to get home one way or another.”

-Amy
*Resident's name changed to protect privacy.

 

28 Days of Love to shower women with care

Samaritan House is celebrating 28 Days of Love this February. And what better way to show love than through the kindness and support of those less fortunate—especially the growing number of homeless women in the community.

According to the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative’s 2016 Point-in-Time survey, over 5,467 homeless men, women and children are homeless in the Denver area. Homeless women comprise 38.6 percent of this population.

The community is encouraged to join each other to give and support women in need. In addition to providing comprehensive services to help women like Amy (see testimony above). Samaritan House provides safety, shelter, clothing, food and the renewed hope and self-sufficiency needed
to integrate back into the community. The new Samaritan House Women’s Shelter opening this year will further help more women to receive the help they need.

Throughout February, Samaritan House will share a new story, fact or information about women experiencing homelessness.

Learn more about how you can make a difference by visiting samhousedenver.org/28DaysofLove.

 

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