Sisters of the Road – voices from the street (web database)
I recently went with our regional organizers, Matt and Robin, and we met with Monica Beemer, the executive director from Sisters of The Road. They are a private non-profit that works with the homeless in Portland Oregon and we had lunch in their cafe. We just got over a snow storm here and it was pretty busy. We talked to a few of their customers, there are so many stereotypes of the homeless and near homeless, but I could not distinquish the people we talked to from anyone else you might talk to in any other cafe around town.
We talked to Monica about the work that they do, based around the cafe and community organizing, and the advocacy work they do and how it can tie in to the work that Bread does.
They have put together a marvelous resource for anyone who wants to hear and learn from the homeless themselves. They conducted a serious of interviews of hundreds of people and loaded the responses they got onto a free searchable web database. You can browse information by category and issue or lookup specific keywords. After registering for a free account you have access to the experiences, conflicts, fears and hopes of people struggling to get by in a way that few of us can imagine. This resource is a bridge to understanding like none other that I have come across. The home page is at: http://www.sistersoftheroad.org/voices/ click the register tab to sign up for an account to access the database.
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