Virginia has been a steady volunteer at the shelter for eight years. She performs a variety of duties, from organizing the donated clothing and finding proper boots and winter coats for the clients, to cooking, serving food and doing clerical work.
Her shoes are from the shelter.
What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis?
“I can’t say I’ve ever struggled like the homeless. I usually have warm clothing and I have a place to live. But, I see the homeless everyday. Their biggest struggle is having enough food and having suitable clothing.”
“I’ve seen a guy and a woman walk in here wearing only thin sweaters in the cold of winter. I found them two coats donated from a coat drive. People come in asking for warm clothing, shoes, boots, coats, and jeans mostly. But, they also need bras and underwear, socks and sweaters. Some of the people have fled difficult situations wearing only the clothes on their back. They’re in great need.”
What would you like people to know about living in poverty?
“They’re in a very sad situation. They can’t put food on the tables for their family. They don’t have warm clothing. Many are alone with no family or friends to help them out at all.”
“I try to give them hope with their clothing.”