Some people’s signs tell lies to gain sympathy, but Rhea can’t make herself do that. “I just have to be honest about what I need. Coffee, something to eat, a hostel so I can get a shower or do laundry. Otherwise, I have a hard time standing out there.”
Rhea would love to have a home and a job again. “But I would never go to a job interview looking like this, all dirty,” she says. “Not having an address and a phone. It’s kind of overwhelming. It’s a vicious circle.”
On a good day, Rhea will make about $4 an hour, enough to cover her basics. “I have lots of regulars who help me. Even if they can’t afford to give me a dollar, they’ll stop and ask how I’m doing. That’s almost better than money.”
Read Shane’s story from our “Rescue Portland” Summer Newsletter [PDF].
DID YOU KNOW? At our Burnside Shelter, extended shelter for 1-6 weeks is available for up to 10 women (starting August 2015) to provide stability, meals and hygiene. Our three-month Connect Ministry for up to 16 women provides additional help with relational accountability and spiritual encouragement.
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