“My son died. I didn’t want to face the reality of it. And I became an alcoholic. I’ll admit it. That’s why I’m homeless.” Mary says this frankly A native of Modesto, Mary’s life has not been an easy one, but it is far from over. After losing her son, she slipped into alcoholism. “I didn’t work anymore. I just wanted to drink. I lost my housing because I didn’t want to face the reality of my son’s death. But I spent three months in jail – and I had to face reality. I decided to be sober.” For six years, Mary experienced homelessness and it wasn’t until the last two that she found support at Downtown Streets Team.
She sits back and reflects on everything. “Homelessness and homeless people aren’t diseases. We are human. When people choose to see the bad, that’s all they ever see,” wiping away a tear, she talks about where she is now. “I became somebody I like. I like who I am now. I like that I can afford to feed my dog.”
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