Veteran Homelessness: “It doesn’t have to last forever.”


After serving in the Coast Guard, Shelley Gilbert was looking forward to spending more time with her two daughters and two grandchildren. Then she lost her job, her apartment, and moved into a hotel, trying to keep her family together. She was able to find work at a restaurant, but between the long hours on her feet and a long commute involving multiple buses and walking, she bruised her sciatic nerve. The pain left her unable to work and she went to the hospital for help.

While at the hospital, Ms. Gilbert was given a packet of information for veterans and learned about the services of Friendship Place in Washington, D.C. Her ordeal had taken place over 17 months and she wondered how she would ever be able to once again have a stable place to call home. Fortunately, Friendship Place is one of a growing number of organizations…

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