“It’s very hard to move forward when everything you own you have to drag behind you,” (Danielle) said.
Our friend Danielle Arnott was on the news this morning! As a homeless person in the Puyallup (Washington) area, Danielle knows firsthand just how hard it is to overcome homelessness in a city that is mostly inhospitable to its growing homeless population.
“If you have a home, maybe you don’t understand driving by a tent or a tarp that’s tied to a tree, but that’s a home.” Thompson said. “It’s not only a home for these people, but it’s a community.”
But there is concern that providing meals isn’t a solution to homelessness.
“Right now we’re just moving them around, and personally for myself I’m glad I can be part of this to feed them, see that they get a good meal, and other than that I have no answer for them,” said Wells.
In April, when this blog was just starting to become popular, I received a message from Danielle. This comment, which was posted publicly on our About page, simply requested a tent. I was amazed by it! Most of the messages I receive ask for money – and lots of it. Danielle simply requested a tent, since all of her belongings had been ruined by the rain.
I had never received a request quite like this before. Usually, I direct my readers to various agencies in their local area that can assist with needs like this. However, I wasn’t able to find anyone in the Puyallup area to provide a tent… but since Puyallup is so close to home, I did know someone.
I contacted the amazing Patti Ramos, who runs the Homeless Humans of Tacoma outreach program. She was able to locate someone who was able to deliver a tent to Danielle. I absolutely love the community over at HHT!!!
Helping Danielle was the first time I saw a real, tangible result of running Low Income Relief. It was a great experience that made a lasting impression on me… and that’s why I immediately recognized her name when I was browsing the King5 News site this morning.
You can read the article by clicking here or just watch the video below: