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Jamie & Hunter
May 24, 2016

April 14, 2016

Jamie, 23, was two months from her due date and on the last day of being able to couch surf at the Brunswick Rooms in Rockland when she called the Hospitality House. “[The shelter staff] sent a van for me.” She met with a case worker, reviewed the paperwork and within a few weeks, as there was no room at the shelter, was living at The Ledges [motel]. “They took me to food pantries and gave me everything I needed: clothes for my baby and a toiletry pack for the hospital that was the most adorable thing in the world.”

Jamie’s shelter caseworker, Bill, was able to secure a housing voucher entitling her to a sharp reduction in rent and last week helped her and Hunter move to a sunny apartment in Thomaston. Her shelter after care-specialist, Rhonda “gives me rides to doctors’ appointments and to redeem bottles, brings me baby formula and groceries when I’m out, and plays with Hunter while I buzz around the house and clean.”

“I owe having a life, period, to the Hospitality House because I would have frozen to death this winter,” she says. Motioning to the giggling 7-month-old on her lap, she adds, “And he would be in foster care. I’ve been in foster care and I would never wish that on any child.”

Photograph and story by Patrisha McLean

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