The day I met Alexandria in Philadelphia, it was 30 degrees outside. She was sitting on the sidewalk in a tourist area. Alexandria is 23 years old and homeless!
Alexandria describes her childhood as “fortunate, but unfortunate.” She says her early years were filled with a cycle of sexual and emotional abuse. At 14, she went into foster care and was in the system for several years.
Alexandria says she has been officially sleeping on the streets for a year, but she has been homeless for close to three years!
Every person I meet I give them a card with my cell phone number and email on it. There is also a link to an online peer support Facebook group. The day after this interview, Alexandria joined the group and found me on Facebook. In this video, Alexandria talks about her mental illness and how her Christian upbringing has prevented her from getting the medication and help she needs.
This interview took place just before the holidays. Alexandria has since found a women’s shelter to stay in, and she is in the process of going into a mental hospital for support. The women’s shelter is holding her spot until she gets out of the hospital, which is awesome!
I delayed posting this video out of respect to Alexandria and what she is going through. At the core foundation of Invisible People’s work is the belief that the person experiencing homelessness is the most important. Alexandria has not only requested I post this story, but she also wants me to share a follow-up video she’s going to record on her phone.
I have only known Alexandria for a little bit and mostly online, but I have huge respect for her courage and strength. It’s an honor to call her friend, and I wish her future is filled with happiness.The day I met Alexandria in Philadelphia, it was 30 degrees. She is 23 years old & homeless! Click To Tweet