I didn´t always lived on the streets. I used to have a home. My husband was the one who worked and took care of the bills. We didn’t have nothin´ fancy, just our house and our dog, but we was ok. About eight years ago he got sick and not much later he passed. When that happened I didn’t have no family or anybody. I didn’t know what to do. I worked from time to time, but I didn’t know how to find a good job. I lost everything. I lost my things, I lost my house, everything. The only thing that I never lost was my dog. She´s been with me for all these years.
She’s been through a lot with me. I was 55 when I ended up on the streets, but she hasn't never left my side. Sometimes when it was cold or rainy, I didn’t go to no shelter because they wouldn’t let her come with me. I need her. She has kept me alive all these years. If it weren’t for her, I don’t know what I would have done. Some days when I felt really down, I would want to jump n front of the train, but I didn’t because of her. I lived on the streets for eight years. It’s rough out there. I was just so tired. My boyfriend beat me up so many times. He would go to jail and then find me again and then just beat me again. I was just so tired.
I've been coming to Main Street a couple years now. I been coming to class and to church. There was always someone to talk to. People here have been so nice to me. They always listened to me and helped me. We's meet with some of the women in Bible study and talk about our problems. There was one lady, she would always gave me food for Lady. I'm so thankful.
They helped me get my ID and get into housing. I told them that I wasn’t going nowhere without Lady, so they helped me get a paper so that she could go with me. She is all that I have. I was so tired of living on the streets, I don’t know what I would have done if they hadn’t been here to help me. I was close to giving up. I was just so tired
My life is different now. I was living for more than 8 years on the streets. Now, I’m just so thankful to have my new apartment. During my first week here I took three baths each day. I still sleep on the floor, I guess I just got used to it after all these years.
I’m so thankful for all the people here at the ministry. They just kept encouraging me and telling me not to give up. God took care of me all these years. I’m just so thankful.