Opening Your Eyes

June 9, 2020

Homelessness is one of many current issues that we may not really see, until we learn more about it. I think one of the best ways to learn is to listen to the stories.

Alysa* and her two young children moved to Water Street this winter after some personal and financial crises, including the diagnosis of a serious medical condition. Alysa is ready to leave the shelter. She is working full time, and her children are in daycare. But right now, Alysa makes only $13 an hour, not enough for a family of three to live on. Luckily, she found Bridge of Hope, and was matched with a wonderful group of Neighboring Volunteers.  With a lot of phone calls and connections through this wonderful “neighboring network,” we found an apartment and landlord who is interested in partnering with Bridge of Hope. Alysa and her children are moving into their own home this week!

Opening My Eyes is not only knowing about an issue, but the awareness of perceptions that we may have. I have learned that Alysa is a very hard worker, dedicated and focused. She walks her children to daycare, and then turns and walks a mile to work, every day; morning and afternoon. She is dealing with a lot of challenges, and she is persevering. Learn more about Opening My Eyes through Neighboring, and let’s listen to the stories together.

Blessings and Peace,

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Opening Your Eyes