Bruce and Donna

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Donna and Bruce are like any other couple… except their relationship began on the streets.

Domestic violence landed Donna in the hospital. When she was released, she had nowhere to go. Bruce says he wound up on the streets due to a few bad decisions. The two met in a park and spent their nights in doorways and under bridges. I can only imagine how difficult this experience was for them.

Today, Bruce and Donna are residents of Nickelsville, a tent city outside of Seattle. Since settling there, life has started to improve for the couple. Here, they have found a sense of community, structure, and a feeling of permanence.

Rather than write anything about Nickelsville, I urge you to learn about this tent city from a resident’s perspective. Bruce’s comments about Nickelsville and re-integration into permanent housing will open your eyes.


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