Apr 032014
 

In that homelessness is often accompanied by a great deal of trauma, the homeless person may find that he or her is in a mental fog and not able to make the best of decisions—to say the least. I remember sleeping in the parking lot of of a truck stop for a number of days—a dangerous place—in my car. I took showers in the truckers area and ate at the trucker’s diner. I still had some limited spending money. Over time, I grew increasingly apprehensive and transferred over to an equally dangerous place, under an overpass near the mean streets of Holyoke, Massachusetts. I remember hearing gunfire at night in that location. From there I finally bit the bullet and found a phone booth where I sought out homeless shelters through the information operator. Poor judgment, up to that point…

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