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“I was so afraid to tell anybody that I was homeless…”

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in Blog, Slider | 0 comments

“I was so afraid to tell anybody that I was homeless…”

“The Shalom Center gave me a family again and gave me more hope than anything.  I was very hopeless in so many ways.  I re-found myself in the time I’ve been at Shalom.  It’s been a very empowering and humbling thing.” – Crystal Banks When Crystal Banks first discovered Shalom, she had been sleeping on the streets. Fleeing an unhealthy relationship, she found herself homeless, despite working full-time at night as a certified nursing assistant.  She temporarily gave up her kids to their father as she struggled to get back on her feet. Shalom was able to help Crystal with our...

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Helping a Vet Come Home

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Helping a Vet Come Home

“If Shalom wasn’t here, I don’t know where I’d be. Their help was amazing because it really changed my life around. I still come to Shalom because it’s like a home to me. They never deny me. Whenever I’m in trouble, they help me out.” – Claude Sanders Claude served in the Marines for five years, including 18 months in the Vietnam war.  After his wife of 17 years, the mother of their 12 children, passed away, Claude couldn’t handle the loss.  He lost his 25-year manufacturing job and turned to alcohol to lessen the pain.  He became homeless, living on park benches and...

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What Is Your Nature?

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What Is Your Nature?

Some years ago, I read a story from the Buddhist tradition: Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion drowning in the water. The elder monk scooped the scorpion up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung. The monk returned to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in the water. The monk rescued the scorpion again… and again was stung. The younger monk asked him, “Master, why do you continue to save the scorpion when you know its nature is to sting?” “Because,” the monk replied, “it is my nature to help.” When I first read...

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Peace Unto You, Shalom

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in Blog, Guest Story, Slider | 0 comments

Peace Unto You, Shalom

The author of these words, Danny Griffin, was a homeless guest and is now an active volunteer at Shalom. If you’re down in the valley And you’re out on your own Peace unto you, peace unto you, Shalom. If you’re out on the street, you’re tired and you’re beat, You’re welcome in here, out of the cold, out of the heat. If it’s freezing cold or hot as it can be, We’ve always got hot coffee or a cold glass of tea. You can use the phone, get your laundry done, Even take a shower, “Better hurry up, you don’t have an hour.” Oatmeal in...

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You Fight It ‘One Day at a Time’

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in Blog, Guest Story, Slider | 0 comments

You Fight It ‘One Day at a Time’

“I think that the Shalom Center is a wonderful place… If it wasn’t for this place not only would I be lost, but many others would be, too.” Joyce spent much of her younger days in trouble. Addicted to cocaine, she was in and out of jail. But two years ago and just released from jail, Joyce wanted to turn her life around.  However, she had trouble finding gainful employment because of her criminal record. Her troubled past also prevented her from accessing aid like food stamps. Soon, Berry and her young daughter were homelessness and almost completely out of hope. Though it would have...

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A Place to Call Home

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A Place to Call Home

The tale of Rob Deckard and Amy Boyce is not what most people would consider a typical love story. Rob and Amy met on the streets. Both of them were homeless with no place to go. As fate would have it, they met each other one night at a local shelter. Soon, the two fell madly in love. The pair had both made mistakes in their lives, but together they wanted to turn things around. Amy, who suffers from seizures and bipolar disorder, tried adamantly to get her disability benefits restored. Rob searched unrelentingly for work. However, they still needed help to get them through life’s daily...

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