I never could have imagined that I would find myself displaced and homeless in the blink of an eye…just a couple if years ago. In the beginning of my homelessness, I had decided…”I can handle this, it could be worse.” Suddenly I was among the very people I used to bring food and clothing to. I was fortunate then…..now, I was now one of them. Homelessness is not easy. Over a period of a few weeks, I became depressed and turned to alcohol to forget my troubles. I was going nowhere fast. One day, I went into a Starbucks with another homeless friend to take advantage of the free WiFi and make a cup of coffee last for hours. By the grace of God, an old classmate was sitting right in front of me. Tina.
She and I had recently connected on Facebook and would occasionally chat and comment on one anothers pictures, etc. Without hesitation, Tina offered me AND my friend, who was a complete stranger to her, a place to stay. Starting immediately. We were so blown away…we couldn’t believe the kindness of Tina and her husband. That very night, I slept in a clean, comfortable bed. So many awesome things happened while I was there. Sometimes my depression would creep back in and life wasn’t all rosey all the time.
However, having people around me who truly cared about and didn’t judge me made all the difference in my ability to let go of some things, pick myself up and try and rectify a bad situation. I don’t know where I would have ended up had someone not believed in me and took a chance on helping me better my situation.
I’m pleased and proud to say that I have a nice place to live, and I work 50 hours a week. I would not be where I am today had I not run into Tina that morning and been given a chance. I wish everybody “out there”, could feel the love and sincere caring I felt during those times. So many people need help…and hope. Hope is the one thing homeless people can really hold onto. There is HOPE in bad situations. Take it from me. Hope truly makes a huge impact. It did for me, and I know for many others as well.
Very sincerely, Teri