I'm noticing a pattern when I help a homeless person get into a home – the Meltdown!
A panic sets in...they fear their new home might not last and they'll lose everything again. They feel overwhelmed with all the steps it takes to get back on track. These fears speak volumes as to how much homelessness is a shock to the system, always being afraid for your life, constantly worrying where your next meal is going to come from and if all of your things will be stolen while you sleep.
It's as if they come up for air and can breath for the first time in a very long time. The fog begins to clear once they have the safety of a locked door, a kitchen with food and they're finally getting a safe night's sleep, yet it still does not feel real.
I pray and given them resources to help with the next steps. I even do breathing meditations with them to help them understand that it takes time to settle in. So much understanding is needed.
Becky became homeless due to a fire. I met her on the streets during winter and gave her a sleeping bag. After months of searching, we found an apartment she can afford, but she had nothing to fill it.
After posting on social media asking for household items, Beck was given a small kitchen table and chairs, dresser, coffee table, pillow-top for a full-size bed, tv/DVR, iron, coffee pot, food, bath items, cleaning supplies, broom, dustpan, vacuum cleaner, mop, and towels.
Food and cleaning supplies. The community outpouring was tremendous.