For years, Jim felt he didn’t count, this year he knows he counts. For nearly 5 years, an old shed covered in tarps is where Jim called home. During the winter months, he made an indoor woodstove from scraps he had found when he went to town. Some mornings, his hands were so numb from the night, that he didn’t want to get out of bed to make breakfast.
When sought out by community agencies, Jim was initially resistant to assistance. He expressed no interest in taking up space in a home that could be used for someone else. After volunteers reached out to him during our annual Point in Time (PIT) count, Jim subsequently made the decision to contact the housing assistance authorities. When we asked Jim what changed his mind, he stated that his daughter had made contact with him; he wanted to have his own home for her to visit. At that point, Jim was finally able to secure a quaint, 1 bedroom home and had his first visitor in years, his estranged daughter.
If you, or someone you know is experiencing homelessness,
please call the NEMCSA Coordinated Entry Access line: 1-866-484-7077
Homelessness exists and it affects real people.
What can you do to help?
Volunteer during PIT count on January 30, 2019 – working directly with people experiencing homelessness is the best way to learn about homelessness and assist our community in providing adequate resources.
Get connected to our Homeless Coalition – Provide support and creative ideas to contribute to the coalition in their homeless advocacy.
Contribute – While volunteer work and advocacy are essential, material assistance is also a necessary to ending homelessness for good. Items to contribute could include: books, household goods, furniture, job opportunities, and clothing.