More about homelessness

While conducting research on homelessness, I stumbled upon a book called “Homeless Mothers: Face to Face with Women and Poverty” published by the University of Minnesota that was originally a dissertation written by Deborah R. Connolly. Here is a link to a sample you can view online:

Her work “examines the relationships between the lives of the white mothers I studied and cultural norms of mothering. Some of the issues [she] emphasizes would also affect women of color while other issues that would be pronounced in a more diverse community are notably absent.” I think that what her book addresses is very important in the aspect what most people think of when they hear the word homeless. Typically, when someone thinks of someone who is homeless, the image of an unbathed man with a long beard holding a dirty sign on the side of the road or outside of a store, comes to mind. A lot of people don’t really think of women or mothers in particular. Despite common misconception, the youth and children in general are facing homelessness more than others. The population of homeless children is on the rise. People Serving People actually only accepts families and no individuals. People who live at the facility have to go through evaluation and get approved by Hennepin county. I think that this is part of the process that makes People Serving People the most successful because they try their best to obtain people who are actively striving to find a substantial job and a stable home for their family. People Serving People doesn’t just give out handouts. They want their clients to be completely independent and self reliant once they leave the facility. There are people who were once just like your parents or my parents who just lose their job and they end up on the street with bad credit because they couldn’t pay any of their bills and now they don’t have an address to put on job applications and they don’t have any income so they are struggling to provide themselves with basic needs.

While volunteering at People Serving People, the Child Protective Services were called for medical negligence of their children because the children are required to have their shots and vaccines up to date before they can enter the Early Childhood Development program. This further shows how single mothers face a lot of struggles with homelessness.

Next week, I plan on interviewing a few of my supervisors and people who work there on a regular basis so I can get their opinion and experience while working at People Serving People.

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