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Karen


Karen lives in a car with her dog in San Diego. She says the hardest thing about being homeless is the loneliness. Karen says she feels invisible. At one time she had an important job […]

Karen

Karen lives in a car with her dog in San Diego. She says the hardest thing about being homeless is the loneliness.

Karen says she feels invisible. At one time she had an important job and lots of social interaction, but now she says it’s rare to have a conversation with another person. Earlier, Karen was parked near a public park and was cleaning out her car. She was feeling invisible and hadn’t talked to anyone, then a dog came into the park and caught everyone’s attention making Karen feel even more invisible.

I know each Invisible People story is different and each story relates to people differently. Karen’s story messed me up because I remember like it was yesterday, when I was homeless, watching ‘normal’ people with their families play in a park. The feeling of depression was often overwhelming as I wondered if I’d ever have a normal life again. I am even getting emotional typing this.

Karen is happy she has a car and feels it will help her get a job. I’m happy there are places like Dreams for Change’s safe parking program so people living in their car have a safe place to park and help getting back in to housing!

 
Special thanks to Homelessness News San Diego

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  • Assaf Einav

    What an admirable lady!
    I wish her all the best and hope that someone will see this video and will be able to
    hire this obviously very intelligent and capable woman.

  • Sheer

    I will keep Karen in prayer in hopes she will get a job and have normalcy in her life. My husband and I are going through it right now(minus a car) and sometimes we feel invisible(bad) or too visible(really bad) to the point where people judge us and slander us. I pray for us all.

  • Al Ahmad

    This ones for Karen an her dog Angel I am proud to know that there are people out there with such integrity. I think that I is admirable that you saved up money to buy a car and that you keep Angel safe with you. You come across as a very sincere person, and I hope that it is not too long before you find yourself in a secure situation. I hope that you find work – but let me tell you do not come across as someone who has lost their self respect I have a lot of respect for you Karen and I wish you all the best, and by the way – You are not invisible to me – you are highly visible

  • Al Ahmad

    H Karen this is another one for you – I just want to reiterate what I said in my last msg to you I have an awful lot of respect for you being able to carry on day by day with an immensely difficult future ahead of you. What impresses me about you is the fact that you still manage to put a bright expression on your face in the face of adversity. It is also evident that you love Angel very much s you are constantly stroking her the whole time. Finally I wish that I had a lot of cash cause I would dearly like to help you out in your predicament. You are not invisible to me – you are highly visible.

  • robert

    come to australia karen. you are a strong woman.

  • Bethany

    Karen really touched my heart. Although for different reasons and not homeless, I too feel invisible much of the time. Seems to be a basic problem in our society these days. I wonder about her family, does she have any and would none of them invite her in to help her get back on her feet? It makes me very sad. She’s obviously intelligent and loving (as you can tell with her dog) but just apparently had some bad breaks in life. I’m praying for you Karen. If I lived in San Diego I’d try to help you. I do have a friend who lives in San Diego that does work with homeless ladies, her name is Becki, I pray perhaps God would put you in her path!

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