Background: I’m trying to get my life back together. I had a bout with post traumatic stress disorder and depression, and I was self-medicating with alcohol, which finally got me into a hospital. I’ve been in a shelter for about a year. I find shelter life appalling. A lot of help out there is accessible, but some providers treat information as if it’s classified, or on a “need to know” basis. You have to be very specific with what you ask and whom you ask it to [in order to get information].
Interests: Surviving. Golf, fishing, cars, reading the literary section [of the newspaper], comics.
What I have learned: I’ve learned where to go and whom to ask, and where to get food, clothing, and other valuable commodities that you need to survive on the street.
Plans: In the near future, I plan to be in my own place, doing my own thing. Getting the necessary physical and mental help that I need.
Advice: Don’t be homeless. The shelter throws you out at 7 a.m. whether or not you have somewhere to go, in spite of rain, snow.
Dreams: I’d like to see shelter standards enforced because the providers are not providing. are not providing. Homelessness is not Monday to Friday, 9 to 5.