Category Archive: Stories

New Year’s resolutions for the homeless

Although the month of January has rapidly come to an end, many of the homeless clients at Coalition for the Homeless are still setting and taking hold of their New Year’s resolutions. With… Continue reading

Stories from the homeless: Hope for a better life

Today, we are proud to introduce (drum roll, please!) a brand new video created for the Coalition! This video will introduce you to some of the real faces and true stories of homelessness,… Continue reading

From Homeless, Addicted and Beaten to Proud and Productive

We love sharing our client’s success stories with you! Get to know Darleen, an inspirational former client, by reading her story below. Feel free to leave her a message of encouragement under comments;… Continue reading

One gift for Christmas

“If you could have one thing this Christmas, what would it be?” Have you ever wondered what the homeless wish for during the holiday season? We asked several clients at our Women’s Residential… Continue reading

What do the holidays mean to a homeless family?

Is your family, religious organization or social group looking for a unique opportunity to make the holidays special for a neighbor in need? If so, please consider sponsoring a family or individual at… Continue reading

I slept with Cookie Monster

“I Slept With Cookie Monster,” is an autobiographical story of one mother’s experience with and eventual escape from domestic violence. It is the winner of two awards from the Ottawa International Animation Festival… Continue reading

“Not a needle” – letter from a former heroin addict

After our blog post last week about the Coalition’s new First Steps for Women program, we couldn’t imagine a better encore than sharing an email we received recently from a former client. The paragraphs below were written by Alexandro, a veteran of the Coalition’s… Continue reading

Everyone has a story

At the Coalition, we believe that any homeless stereotypes will fade away once you hear a homeless man, woman or child tell their story. We’ve learned that homelessness is never quite what you’d expect,… Continue reading

From drug addict to Mr. Mom

This summer, a formerly homeless drug addict is celebrating three and a half years of sobriety. For many, a span of three years may not seem to represent a significant period of time,… Continue reading

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