What 14 men had to say recently about their homelessness in Idaho Falls

  1. “I felt hopeless and worthless.  It was like being in a hole I couldn’t get out of.  No one would give me a chance to get back up.”
  2. “I felt out of control.  Very humbled.”
  3. “Homelessness was the worst experience I’ve ever had to go through.  Always tired, hungry, sense of hopelessness.  I’d never wish homelessness on my worst enemy.”
  4. “I felt lost, hopeless, and inconvenient to people . . .”
  5. “I would just like to say that the Lord will provide shelter and rest as long as we are faithful.”
  6. “Being homeless was a very humbling experience.  It made more grateful for the things I had afterward.  It made me appreciate and rethink my life and the things I was doing.”
  7. “I had it all on April 20.  By the 21st I had lost it all, due to my landlord.  I will bounce back due to God’s power.”
  8. “The people in this community are genuinely good, caring people.  But we often don’t want to recognize the homelessness struggle that is in this area.  Drugs, alcohol, and other substances can play a role, but there are also low wages, difficult steps for assistance, and discrimination in housing.  We as a community can make a difference.  We just need to recognize it and act.”
  9. “I had fallen into a huge pit.  I was lost with no hope, but He is helping me to find the light on my darkest of nights.
  10. “My feelings of homelessness:  Scared, not knowing what is next, hopelessness, and wanting something better.”
  11. “Me and my girlfriend slept and lived in a van for a summer.  Being homeless is real in Idaho Falls.”
  12. “I felt hopeless, lost, worthless, and scared.  No one wants or likes me.  I felt like it didn’t matter if I was alive or dead.  Always looking for better but never finding anything better.”
  13. “Indeed, there is an issue with the homeless people.  There are a lot of underlying issues that we as a community should come together and help deal with.”
  14. “I felt empty, alone like no one wanted to lend a hand because of my past.  A hole that’s too deep to climb out of.  I felt if I fell I wouldn’t be able to get back up!  Lost in a world of darkness . . .”

October 10, 2018, is World Homelessness Day.

 

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About Todd Wood

I am a servant of Jesus in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Join me in seeking Jesus in this city.
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