The first time I saw Carol, I almost didn’t talk to her. I assumed she was a volunteer helping the homeless in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Turns out, she was homeless.
Carol says she is homeless because of the economy. She had a stable job in a restaurant, but when the economy went sour, her hours became reduced to the point that she could not pay her bills. Her husband had a work-related injury preventing him from full-time employment.
Like many of the other people I have met in my travels, Carol and her husband never imagined they would ever experience homelessness. They see themselves as normal, hardworking grandparents whose needs are simple. They hope to find assistance and get into an apartment before the cold weather arrives.
Special thanks to Allentown Rescue Mission.