Homeless for the Holiday … and WRTA bus-rider speak-out!๐ŸšŒ๐ŸšŒ + ๐ŸŽถ

By Imalay Guzman

Imalay and her husband and kids are safe and happy in their home.

When writing this column I like to keep it honest when talking about my life experiences. In the past Iโ€™ve had my fair share of barriers. It may not seem to be something out of the norm, considering that thereโ€™s a large portion of the United States population that is homeless. Looking back at that time in my life when I had no place to live, what automatically comes to mind is … survival.

This fall a friend from work was asking me questions regarding family shelters and organizations that could possibly help her financially, due to her homelessness. Reasons why I know how to navigate certain situations is because I was forced to become familiar with community services offered to low-income and or families in need. One thing I do have to say is that although I had gone through a rough patch, the things I learned that helped me get by, I get to pass down to others and help people in the long run.

For all those who donโ€™t know, November was National Homeless Youth Awareness Month – begun back in 2007. Since then, the month of November has been acknowledged re: those children and families experiencing homelessness. It can be frustrating and depressing to be in need and have no idea what your next move is going to be – especially for young adults.

About 2.4 million young adults experience homelessness a year.

These are people who donโ€™t only lose their homes, but also lose their stability and safety. It can be hard to relate to people who have to worry about where they will be resting their head every single night or trying to figure out how they are going to shower. Although many can sympathize few can relate and 9 out 10 these young adults have experienced or are experiencing trauma.

Many men and women have to learn how to survive. Can you imagine having to raise children in these conditions?? In the end, the children become traumatized long-term because of the different dangerous situations they had to face and overcome. Being exposed to people who have coped with their situation by using drugs, may eventually lead them to use substances because thatโ€™s what they are used to.

There are so many risk factors in these situations! For example: human trafficking

early parenthood


or even PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)

I want people to know that there are agencies out there that can help you connect with community services – built for people who are facing hardships.

‘Tis the season of being appreciative for the things you have because life can be so much worse. When you pass by a beggar, remember that their life also has importance and, even though you may be good now, things can change in an instant.


WRTA meeting! BE THERE to push for better service!

At the HUB! Thursday, DECEMBER 19 at 10 a.m.๐ŸšŒ๐ŸšŒ๐ŸšŒ๐ŸšŒ

WRTA bus. pic: Rose T.



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