Alma

Imagine going to college and the living arrangement gets so bad living under a bridge is a better solution. Imagine going to college and sleeping on people’s floors and couches and anyplace you can find just to be of the streets and stay in school. Imagine being a grandmother trying to make a better life for yourself and your grandchild.

I met Alma while speaking at CDI College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I was honored so much that night. CDI College is starting a We Are Visible scholarship to help low or no income students get a good education. When Alma approached me I did not know she was homeless. Unless she told me she was now sleeping on her 7th couch (some were floors) I would have never known.

I have huge respect for Alma. She came to the city to make a better life for herself after Child protective services took her grandchild away. Children in child protective services are 50% aboriginal and in some communities 95%. It just messes me up that there are still places in North America (United States too) that do not even have clean drinking water. Many people would give up or get mad, Alma instead decided to educate herself to get her grandchild back and help her people.

As a little side note: it seems to me that the smart and more cost effective move would be to help aboriginal communities get clean water and safe living conditions instead of taking children away.

Since I met Alma last week she had to move to a new ‘housing situation’ so that makes 8 couches now. I hear this is a much better place so I am happy for Alma. She has a lot of courage and a huge heart and I am honored to help her share her story.

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  • LaDawn

    Thanks for focusing on the invisible people in Canada, specifically now in Winnipeg.  I’ve been so moved by their stories.  Thank you for also sharing the story about asking God why the world is the way it is and getting the response that “I made you” – that’s SO powerful!

  • LaDawn

    Thanks for focusing on the invisible people in Canada, specifically now in Winnipeg.  I’ve been so moved by their stories.  Thank you for also sharing the story about asking God why the world is the way it is and getting the response that “I made you” – that’s SO powerful!

  • LaDawn

    Thanks for focusing on the invisible people in Canada, specifically now in Winnipeg.  I’ve been so moved by their stories.  Thank you for also sharing the story about asking God why the world is the way it is and getting the response that “I made you” – that’s SO powerful!

  • Anonymous

    blah blah blah…They all have a sob story that justifies why they don’t work or why they need welfare or why they live on the streets or why they can’t be a contributing member of society. there was a panhandler in my neighbourhood the other day who was being a pain in the ass and I told him to get lost. It just so happens he was native. His immediate response when i said “hey pal, we don’t want panhandlers in this neighbourhood” was “so give us our land back then” It’s this kind of ridiculous shit that you are perpetuating by writing this blog and making all of these people seem so hard done by. A lot of us have had tough lives but we’re not on the streets. We have something called “intestinal fortitude”. “Guts” for the less intelligent of you. We worked hard and made sure we didn’t end up on the streets. No sympathy for the lot of them….

  • Icare

    It would be nice if you could personally experience the loss of everything that made sense in your world and then have only the street as your home.  Then perhaps you might realize that not everyone can get a job, clean up their act, etc. all on their own and sometimes you need to show some loving kindness toward their plight.  Your comments put the word ‘reverend’ to shame.

  • Josh

    then why are you watching a video about homelessness. if you dont like it then dont watch it. i understand that these are your thought and your free to discuss them. karma is a bitch they say.. perhaps educating yourself and seeing the bigger picture is maybe whts needed. wish you the best in your journey

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  • giftofgiving

    I know Alma personally, she’s a great woman, she’s brave, she’s wise. and i didn’t like one jackass comment below, note to you: This world has its different spins for everyone, not everyone has the priveledge of having a roof over their head or food in their stomach and have been left to strive on their own without any help from people close to them or have noone close to them. Before you go and act like you have experience being homeless and think its so easy, i’d like to see you have everyone and eveyrthing stripped from you and you start from the bottom pit, it’s not as easy as you think, don’t be ungrateful or critical to something you’re unfamiliar with as it makes you look like a cold-hearted a-hole. Alma has been working hard towards a goal and we all know today education gets us a better lifestyle in the end, and she will make it, and look back at all her trials knowing it made her who she is today. Don’t look down upon homlessness, they don’t want your pity either, they just want to be heard like anyone else.

  • Eugeneallison1234

    HEY DUDE NOT ALL HOMELESS FOLKS ARE DRUNK AND DRUG USERS I WAS HOMELESS AWHILE BACK AND I WASNT A DRUNK OR A DRUG USER IT WAS BEACAUSE I GOTTEN LAID OFF FROM WORK AND NO JOBS TO DO THERE ARE MANY REASONS A PERSON  MAN WOMEN OR TEEN COULD BE HOMELESS FROM LOSS  OF  A JOB  TO  LIVING  WITH A PERSON WHO HITS  ON  THEM SO THE  BECOME HOMELESS TO  KEEP FROM BEING BEAT AND MANY  OTHER REASONS I WILL BE PRAYING  FOR U THANK  U A FORMER HOMELESS  MAN

  • Heather Lovatt

    Okay, THAT was a better one. Here’s a person who has sought out the resources.

    Thank you for this.

    Heather

  • JBE

    Perhaps you did not watch Alma’s video before commenting. She is clearly a woman trying hard to do something for her and her family, not simply accepting her situation. That being the case, the many other comments here are correct; some people are (for a variety of reasons) more blessed than others. Similarly, some fall on hard times both for reasons they can control AND, in other cases, for reasons they cannot control. These are not “sob” stories. They are stories of real human beings who have experienced loss. Who among us, in some way, has not?

  • Eugeneallison1234

    u  call   urself a  reveren  but  the  bible  says   to  teach  love pece  kindness   in  the  bible    it  says   to  help  the  ones  who  cannot  help  them  selves   i  was  homless  once  i  wasnt  a  drunk   or  a  druggy   it was   cause  of  loss   of  job  along  with   some   health  issues   not  all   homless people  are  scammers  drunks   and  druggies  by  the  way  the  next  homeless  person  u  come  in  contact  with  may  be  a  angel  from  god

  • Vikidobe6

    Good for Alma!  She looks like such an honest, straightforward person.  

  • spirit of a gr mother

    Alma good 4 u im a gr mother myself raising my grdaughter ;and i know how much u must have had 2 induure in your circumstance s cuz like u i came from a relationship that i knew i had 2 get away from cuz I never wanted that life style 4 me or mygr daughter .so i 2 left my home that was a high risk 4 myself and my grdaughter and moved in with family and there was a lot of same issues as i was trying 2 get away from .So i ended up at the transtion house and stayed there until I found a place and it was hard but thank god i found a place . I now live in B C . Houseing and so grateful ; Cuz they listened 2 me when i told them about the crises i was in .so now im still in the town with a better out look in my life and so thanful that someone really took the time 2 hear me out there is hope and like u alma i will keep u in my prayer s and wish u well in your jounery and I hope u get your gr son back u stay strong cuz he need s u

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