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No Place Like Home: Working families increasingly homeless

Quote symbolReporter: Darlene thought she had done everything right, even taking classes for her master’s degree.  She held a good job with the veterans administration for the last 15 years, had savings, college and retirement accounts, and a comfortable suburban home for her three sons…

‘They had never worried about anything.  They never had to go into the kitchen and look into an empty cupboard.  I lived a middle class life all my life.  That’s all I knew. I dropped from middle class to no class.‘ 

The following 11 minute video presents a concise and thought provoking glimpse into the lives of many Everyday Americans.  Please grab your morning coffee, afternoon tea or before-dinner glass of white wine and settle in to view this piece as part of Giving Voice.

NBC News’ Ann Curry reports that: The Face of Homelessness in America is changing.  Experts say that in the wake of the Great Recession a growing number of working families are becoming homeless, meaning more than 1 million kids are part of homeless families…


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  1. deborahbrasket

    What a terrible story. What’s even worse is that as they say, that kind of domino effect could happen to any family. Too many people are dealing with these kinds of challenges. I am glad you are giving a voice to these stories.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Yes, this is more a part of our national fabric than is admitted or even acknowledged in any constructive manner.

  2. Donna

    Very sad, but I just read an article on the middle class disappearing. Little hope for a turn around when jobs go overseas.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Yep, it’s been a slow but constant bleed spanning several decades now.

  3. L. Marie

    Wow. What a sad story. Glad there was some hope for change. I know what it’s like though to be unemployed and desperate. So glad they found help, My church also participates in serving meals for the homeless.

    • laura bruno lilly

      The stories recounted in the little video are more common than the stereotypically assumed reasons ‘why’ people are jobless/homeless. That’s part of what I’m trying to reveal in Giving Voice.
      Thank you for allowing their stories to touch your heart.

  4. Lillian Batarseh

    What an important story! Locally, some members of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church are taking turns with other groups providing an occasional evening meal for the homeless and, at their request, leading a devotional (at the Whosoever Church). It is a time of great camaraderie and much needed, but one can only dream of a time when it is not required because everyone has a home.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Sweet effort. Every positive action helps.

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