“I got arrested around Christmas for taking $200 dollars out of a donation plate and I end up in jail for a year. My probation officer got me this job here [with Downtown Streets Team], so I’ve been in a homeless shelter ever since. I don’t really have any clothes, I’m barely out of debt, I still owe $900 and I have to buy an English book. But I go to this every day. I’m really depressed because I actually was doing well in jail…It’s all women…The homeless shelter is full of drunks. It’s really terrible.

“To me the thought is let’s clean this up, get to work on time, because working is the answer. Any kind of job is better than no job, so I do the best I can.”