Homeless Mom: 'This Law Saved My Life'
Pondering all she shared, I see a pattern—a person needs help to make it. She’s received hand-outs and hand-ups. She’s turned around and helped others. Vital government programs help people move from poverty to promise. She’s had people extend a hand—a room in their house, a connection to a side job, advice and resources—that provided the stepping-stones she needed.
Not everyone will succeed like Julianna. Family homelessness is not a one-size-fits-all plight that responds to single solutions. The other OTE stories portray women’s plights and responses that haven’t necessarily led to a successful resolution.
Seeing Julianna has—in the middle of a grueling 5000-mile EPIC Journey—kept me from being overwhelmed by the seemingly endless abject poverty and homelessness that greets us at every stop. We can’t give up on people. We can’t give up on trying to level the playing field for those who face all kinds of challenges. We can’t give up on making sure people know about family and youth homelessness.