I met Kim in Wentzville, Missouri. Since 2002, which is when they lost their home, Kim and her family have been bouncing between cheap hotels, awkward stays with friends and homeless shelters.
Kim, her husband, two daughters, and a granddaughter – three generations – all live in a very small hotel room. Take a second and imagine living in that situation.
Kim is actually lucky. This hotel is one of the better ones, and a wonderful man named Paul Kruse arranges for churches to bring in food and diapers.
Many of the affordable, weekly rate hotels are run down. Most places are filled with drug dealers, criminal activity and are unfit for children. It’s a vicious cycle of homelessness because while paying to stay at these hotels it’s nearly impossible to save for first and last months rent to get out of the situation.
This is the homelessness you don’t see, but that you need to see.
Special thanks to Paul Kruse.