Act One (Prior to finding Haywood Street Respite)
Feeling empty. Bare, vacant, hollow. Alone. Like nobody cares.
Feeling sick. Cold. Like I’m going to die.
No money, job, insurance or way to turn.
Having nowhere to go. Homeless. No food, shelter; totally exposed to the elements.
Wondering what else life has in store for me. How much more of this can I take?
Is this the long road to death? Is this what the end of my life will be?
Humbled. Wanting to be grateful … but seeing nothing to be grateful for.
Act Two (Arriving at Haywood Street Respite)
Warm. Kindly, heartfelt. Safe. Loving.
Care from caring people, who have no reason to care beyond helping others.
Repair. Upkeep, Maintenance. Attention. Devotion. Thoughtfulness.
Shaking off the cold. Trying to regain my humanity. Going to “Story Circle.” Feeling part of something bigger and part of a bigger circle of people. Soaking up the sympathy; trying to return some.
Act Three (Rejoining the world after Haywood Street Respite)
Reborn. Rejuvenation. Coming back into society; community.
Hope. Faith. A feeling that something good may lay ahead for me.
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