Stories

We love to share all of our stories! From staff and volunteers to those overcoming the obstacles of homelessness, all share a unique perspective of success and hope. Please note that some names and other identifying information may have been changed in order to best respect and protect an individual's privacy and confidentiality.

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Patti & Angel

Patti & Angel

"Never in our wildest dreams did we think of the domino effect that COVID would have."

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Cody's Story

Cody's Story

"Columbus House fixed it and saved my life."

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Wallace's Story

Wallace's Story

"People don’t realize that it doesn’t take much to go through a little sour stuff."

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Maurice's Story

Maurice's Story

"I love helping other people…because I’ve lived it. I know everything they’re going through."

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Joe's Story

Joe's Story

"I have less stress. I smile more."

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Rena's Story

Rena's Story

"I kept hearing this voice saying, "Why not you? Who are you?""

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Angie's Story

Angie's Story

"I'm a people person."

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Adriana’s Story

Adriana’s Story

"I thank God for leading me to Columbus House...it saved my life."

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Angel’s Story

Angel’s Story

"Every day I am thankful."

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Bonzina's Story

Bonzina's Story

"This place here, is like heaven to me."

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Margaret's Legacy

Margaret's Legacy

"Remembering a friend"

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John's Story

John's Story

"Homelessness is a condition. It has nothing to do with me as a person."

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Stephanie's Story

Stephanie's Story

"Everybody has a unique story to tell."

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Toni's Story

Toni's Story

"I am a success in my life today."

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James' Story

James' Story

"Harkness House is just like being at home."

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Stories from Our Family Shelter

Stories from Our Family Shelter

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Mr. L’s Story

Mr. L’s Story

"Just give me a chance."

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Sophie's Story

Sophie's Story

"I feel safer."

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Isaac's Story

Isaac's Story

"Homeless people are just so misunderstood."

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Hershel's Story

Hershel's Story

"Welcome Home Hershel"

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Mark’s Story

Mark’s Story

"Nowhere to go. Nobody to talk to."

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Gwen’s Story

Gwen’s Story

"I didn’t think I had the will to survive."

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Gladys’ Story

Gladys’ Story

"They told me: you can do it. I know you can."

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Adam’s Story

Adam’s Story

"Homelessness can happen to any of us."

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Debra's Story

Debra's Story

"I thought I had more time with her."

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Dawn’s Story

Dawn’s Story

"Don’t go down that road."

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