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Cindy has battled drugs and depression, family turmoil and the suicide of a spouse. She spent a week in a psychiatric hospital in Euless for major depression. From there, she went to The Salvation Army for a brief time. She arrived at Presbyterian Night Shelter in 2012, and moved into an apartment the next month. […]

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In 2011, Lillie was working and had her own apartment when she had a third heart attack, resulting in the loss of her job and her apartment. She put her furniture in storage, but without income couldn’t pay the rental fee, and she thought she had lost all that, too. She didn’t know that her […]

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L.A.’s mom died when he was 16 and she was only 42. That life-changing event turned his and his family’s life upside down. For 47 years, L.A. drifted all over the country and worked odd jobs. When asked what brought him back to Fort Worth after all these years, he said old age caught up […]

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Due to alcohol addiction, Bonita lived on the streets for four years or stayed at The Salvation Army. She didn’t have any income and has had to learn again how to be independent. She has received encouragement by attending support groups, receiving substance abuse treatment and learning life skills. She’s now connected with medical and […]

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Due to instability in her life and relationships, Nikia was homeless for two years. She found her way to Union Gospel Mission in 2009 and was there for seven months before moving into her apartment. Nikia said she and her son have received a lot of support and encouragement, and now have a greater sense […]

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Bobby and Anna met while Anna was a resident at Presbyterian Night Shelter and Bobby was a resident and working at Union Gospel Mission. They both have a history of drug use, but have been in their apartment since 2009 and have benefited from a variety of services such as counseling, life skills, transportation and […]

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Losing her support system when her parents died contributed to Pebelok’s experience of being homeless. She was homeless for four years, sleeping under trees, in cars and in dope houses. She said that, due to drug and alcohol addiction, she was “ripping and running,” and that being homeless was a daily struggle. She went to […]

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Due to drug abuse and a series of abusive relationships, Melissa experienced homelessness for 10 years. She went to prison in 2007, where she began her journey of being clean and sober. After being released, she went to the Presbyterian Night Shelter, where she had a great case manager who helped her navigate the social […]

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One individual had overcome alcoholism after 30 years, but had many tickets that he was unable to pay. Most were for public intoxication. He lived in an AA 24-hour residence, and when he completed the Community Court program, he had been clean and sober for a full year. More than $20,000 in charges were dismissed. […]

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Mr. L, a veteran, returned from an overseas assignment and found himself, his wife and his four children in danger of becoming homeless. He had been notified that he would receive funds from a GI bill, be able to go to school and get a stipend. Unfortunately, the paperwork to process his stipend and tuition […]

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Before moving into an apartment, Shanita experienced homelessness off and on for three years. Her homelessness was due to a drinking problem, which made it hard for her to maintain a job. Now, she’s working two jobs – one part-time in a mall department store and another 40 hours a week packaging food products. She […]

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David’s struggle began on Christmas Day of 2000, when he found his wife dead of a massive heart attack. Unable to deal with the pain and grief, he turned to alcohol, drinking daily for the next four years. He lost everything: his house, his car, his family. He went into treatment twice, but still had […]

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When Demetra was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1988, she simply gave up. Her life went into a tailspin that included bad relationships, drugs and finally prison. Ironically, it was in prison that she recovered her will to live. When she arrived at Samaritan House, she was able to get serious about rebuilding her life. Not […]

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In 1998, problems at home put Danny on the street. In 2002, he moved into the Safe Haven facility at the Presbyterian Night Shelter (PNS), which provides private rooms and physical and mental care from the nearby Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center of Tarrant County. Danny quickly earned the trust of PNS staff, and […]

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