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Alisa


It was probably about 40 degrees when I met Alisa. This week, the weather in Syracuse, New York will be dropping into the teens at night. Hard to imagine anyone sleeping outside, but that’s the […]

Alisa

It was probably about 40 degrees when I met Alisa. This week, the weather in Syracuse, New York will be dropping into the teens at night. Hard to imagine anyone sleeping outside, but that’s the reality of people stuck in homelessness like Alisa.

Alisa says she has been homeless a few times, but this is her first time being street homeless. Prior to this situation, she couch surfed and was able to stay out of the cold. Not this time, and she says Syracuse is her home town.

Life has not been easy for Alisa, but the good side is she says homelessness makes you appreciate the little things. I hope Alisa finds the support and a job to get out of homelessness. She has a positive attitude for all she has been though, and left on the streets too long I’d hate to see that go away!

Today I saw a billboard for an ad campaign asking people to share the tag: #DearSyracuseWithLove to help promote the city.  Let’s borrow that idea and share the tag: #DearSyracuseEndHomelessness so Alisa and those in similar situations get the help needed to get out of homelessness.

 

Special thanks to the Syracuse Rescue Mission

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  • Jenn and Keida

    We enjoyed your story and it inspired us greatly and we hope your life gets better in the long run.

  • lgms

    Dear Alisa
    We watched your video in class and it made me realize what homeless people really go through on a daily basis. Thanks for sharing your story its very inspirational. We feel bad for your losses and sexual abuse. I hope your three wishes come true and you can make a better life for yourself.

  • CL SS

    It’s inspirational to see that all you have been through you still find the will to keep fighting for something better, and even still after all the bad relationships you are still able to trust another. You’re still very lucky to have people still trying to help you become successful again. With your colorful background you’re doing well with no outside experience growing up. This has also opened our eye to the reality of what homeless people go through everyday. We hope your dreams and wishes come true; we wish you the best of luck with your adventure.

  • CS, MS

    Dear Alisa,
    we’ve seen and read your story. It was very touching and I’ve learned not to take the small things for granted. It’s sad you and your boyfriend have to sleep in a tent. I feel empathy for you and your loved one. I truly hope you find a great job that supports you financially to stay stable.
    God bless you

  • Ellie

    Alisa. I too live in Syracuse, NY. I would be wiling to help you. If anyone can get this information to you my street address is 815 n alvord st, and my number is 6072671649..
    Ellie