Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. vii-9

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xi

Every one of us wants a place to call home. Finding, sharing, and keeping a home can be manageable or overwhelming. For some, home means the old family homestead, full of tradition and memories that span generations. For others it means a place chosen outside of family tradition, shaped to...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xviii

I wish to thank all the many, many people who supported the creation and implementation of “Your Story and Mine: A Community of Hope” that gave birth to this book, a reflection of this project. It continues to be a “never-ending story.” First, I am grateful to all the participants in the project who willingly,...

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Introduction

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pp. xix-xxxvii

What intrigues me about adults who have lived in poverty and/or were homeless and at risk and somehow found the inner motivation to change the course of their lives in a positive direction and find their way off the streets? When and how do those who have suffered from homelessness;...

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Chapter One. A Canvas of Homelessness

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pp. 1-28

Homelessness does not discriminate against color, race, size, class, ethnicity, sex, religion, or political affiliation. It affects the young and old—children, parents, and grandparents. Homeless people live all over the world—in rural, urban, and suburban areas, in both heavily populated and isolated areas. As economic resources diminish,...

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Chapter Two. Their Stories through Words

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pp. 29-72

Everyone has a story. That is unique to all human beings. Regardless of our life experiences, we all carry our stories and memories deep within us. Our stories are not right or wrong. We may temporarily forget or censor them, and others may also try to censor them—but they remain within our memory and souls. No one can take our stories...

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Chapter Three. A Change in Direction [Includes Image Plates]

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pp. 73-109

Not everyone who has lived on the streets remains there. Some find a way to leave this way of life—perhaps it is even a response to their lifelong feelings of abandonment. They are now in charge of redirecting their lives. How and why do some find the courage, strength, motivation, and inspiration to change and move their lives forward? How...

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Chapter Four. Their Stories through Paintings and Poems

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pp. 111-138

Just as people have been telling their stories and those of others through words—oral and written—for years, they have also been drawing and painting their stories. Sometimes they write poetry—another avenue of sharing their thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Tens of thousands of years ago, people drew their stories on the walls of the caves...

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Chapter Five. Resilience from Memory, Hopes, and Dreams

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pp. 139-154

Those who have been homeless struggle with layers of problems and traumas as children, teenagers, and adults, and the painful memories of these experiences—some remembered, some repressed. But these people also strive, as we all do, to create and realize their dreams—some concrete, some abstract. They have been primarily familiar...

References

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pp. 155-160