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Wendy Living in a Van

 
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I know I should have more compassion but most of those people are there by choice.
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Go see a social worker at the welfare office.
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I don't know, but thank you.
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Have her call these people.

[link to www.211.org (secure)]
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I know I should have more compassion but most of those people are there by choice.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80374510


We are all burned out from the Covid "crisis" - I get it.
Its weird though I waiver from cold hearted to moved with empathy a lot more these days.

I took several bags of canned goods to the food bank this morning, it had nothing to do with this - and I was moved by how hard it is for some right now. Then I got home and saw the email. People are suffering right now. I was thinking as I was driving around its like a new version of the Dust Bowl getting going. I am afraid its about to get worse too.
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Have her call these people.

[link to www.211.org (secure)]
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I have not engaged in a conversation with her through Go Fund me but thank you for this resource.
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Have her call these people.

[link to www.211.org (secure)]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80374510


It's not a troll post. I felt bad for saying the stuff I did earlier and truly wanted to offer some help.
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Have her call these people.

[link to www.211.org (secure)]
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It's not a troll post. I felt bad for saying the stuff I did earlier and truly wanted to offer some help.
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I totally understand the mixed emotions, thank you.
Its hard to watch that video and not want better for this person. She's an older lady, very down on her luck, who loves and cares for her dogs, who is in a bad situation and she seems to be in a spiral of decline. I just wish she had a little safe space, with a hot shower for her and her dogs. How come some are so showered with the "gibs" and others - not? I don't understand.

I appreciate that link.
I was hopeful someone here knew who this was and what the rest of the story is.
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Ok I am not going to link her Go Fund me -
But if you goggle Wendy Davis living in a van, you will get a search result. I hope I do not get in trouble for this, but some of you have asked about googling her. She is also out there in a public venue.
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not to be insensitive, but sometimes it's the pets or you

I see people begging for housing online around here, all with pets...
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Where does she get the money to feed 2 dogs? Plus all the other stuff they need. Makes you wonder.
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Hey guys, isn't one of our members this woman?
I can't recall who this person is here.

In any regard I am worried about this person.
If anyone has more information to share, please pm me.
Thank you.
 Quoting: Starbird


Leave her be. If she needs help she will ask for it. Sometimes people just want to be left alone.
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Making a video and a Gofund me does not indicate she wants to be left alone.
 Quoting: sseess


That video is from Yesterday.
 Quoting: Starbird


yes, I'm wendy living in a van but the van broke down, please send me money and don't let the homeless neighbors eat my dogs! thank you all!
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I know I should have more compassion but most of those people are there by choice.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80374510


We are all burned out from the Covid "crisis" - I get it.
Its weird though I waiver from cold hearted to moved with empathy a lot more these days.

I took several bags of canned goods to the food bank this morning, it had nothing to do with this - and I was moved by how hard it is for some right now. Then I got home and saw the email. People are suffering right now. I was thinking as I was driving around its like a new version of the Dust Bowl getting going. I am afraid its about to get worse too.
 Quoting: Starbird


I have never been homeless, but have known several homeless people. In talking with them and observing them and other homeless people that used to stay and drift around where I used to live, I found that about 85% of them had mental and/or drug problems. Most are getting some sort of government check (around $600-900 mth) which is quickly spent on drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, pet food, lottery games. Many also get food stamps.
There is a lot of help for these people thru programs and such, but they don't want to go to shelters, etc because there are rules they would have to follow. A lot of them have also been kicked out of homes and shelters for violent behavior. And yet they always seem to blame everyone else for their problems to get sympathy and cash from people. One solution would be to open back up the mental institutions that were closed years ago. At least these people could be taken care of properly.
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not to be insensitive, but sometimes it's the pets or you

I see people begging for housing online around here, all with pets...
 Quoting: Tobie


Where does she get the money to feed 2 dogs? Plus all the other stuff they need. Makes you wonder.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80360585


She works doing deliveries and puts priority on the Animals she Loves. Those dogs may help her feel a measure of safety and comfort while having to live out of her Van.
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Hey guys, isn't one of our members this woman?
I can't recall who this person is here.

In any regard I am worried about this person.
If anyone has more information to share, please pm me.
Thank you.
 Quoting: Starbird


Leave her be. If she needs help she will ask for it. Sometimes people just want to be left alone.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20151341


She asked for help

AKA being broken down

And having a gofund me
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I know I should have more compassion but most of those people are there by choice.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80374510


We are all burned out from the Covid "crisis" - I get it.
Its weird though I waiver from cold hearted to moved with empathy a lot more these days.

I took several bags of canned goods to the food bank this morning, it had nothing to do with this - and I was moved by how hard it is for some right now. Then I got home and saw the email. People are suffering right now. I was thinking as I was driving around its like a new version of the Dust Bowl getting going. I am afraid its about to get worse too.
 Quoting: Starbird


I have never been homeless, but have known several homeless people. In talking with them and observing them and other homeless people that used to stay and drift around where I used to live, I found that about 85% of them had mental and/or drug problems. Most are getting some sort of government check (around $600-900 mth) which is quickly spent on drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, pet food, lottery games. Many also get food stamps.
There is a lot of help for these people thru programs and such, but they don't want to go to shelters, etc because there are rules they would have to follow. A lot of them have also been kicked out of homes and shelters for violent behavior. And yet they always seem to blame everyone else for their problems to get sympathy and cash from people. One solution would be to open back up the mental institutions that were closed years ago. At least these people could be taken care of properly.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80360585


So you know all homeless people and situations?

They are all homeless because...

YOU KNOW .

LOL
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I know I should have more compassion but most of those people are there by choice.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80374510


We are all burned out from the Covid "crisis" - I get it.
Its weird though I waiver from cold hearted to moved with empathy a lot more these days.

I took several bags of canned goods to the food bank this morning, it had nothing to do with this - and I was moved by how hard it is for some right now. Then I got home and saw the email. People are suffering right now. I was thinking as I was driving around its like a new version of the Dust Bowl getting going. I am afraid its about to get worse too.
 Quoting: Starbird


I have never been homeless, but have known several homeless people. In talking with them and observing them and other homeless people that used to stay and drift around where I used to live, I found that about 85% of them had mental and/or drug problems. Most are getting some sort of government check (around $600-900 mth) which is quickly spent on drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, pet food, lottery games. Many also get food stamps.
There is a lot of help for these people thru programs and such, but they don't want to go to shelters, etc because there are rules they would have to follow. A lot of them have also been kicked out of homes and shelters for violent behavior. And yet they always seem to blame everyone else for their problems to get sympathy and cash from people. One solution would be to open back up the mental institutions that were closed years ago. At least these people could be taken care of properly.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80360585


I don't think Wendy would be able to be as coherent over these months if she had a substance abuse problem. I don't know what her whole/real story is - this is why I put this thread up - I thought this was a member here. I was hoping someone might know more about this situation.

I agree its a shame we don't have more options for people in mental health need. They just kind of rotate them through jail these days and let them wander the streets.

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I know I should have more compassion but most of those people are there by choice.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80374510


We are all burned out from the Covid "crisis" - I get it.
Its weird though I waiver from cold hearted to moved with empathy a lot more these days.

I took several bags of canned goods to the food bank this morning, it had nothing to do with this - and I was moved by how hard it is for some right now. Then I got home and saw the email. People are suffering right now. I was thinking as I was driving around its like a new version of the Dust Bowl getting going. I am afraid its about to get worse too.
 Quoting: Starbird


I have never been homeless, but have known several homeless people. In talking with them and observing them and other homeless people that used to stay and drift around where I used to live, I found that about 85% of them had mental and/or drug problems. Most are getting some sort of government check (around $600-900 mth) which is quickly spent on drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, pet food, lottery games. Many also get food stamps.
There is a lot of help for these people thru programs and such, but they don't want to go to shelters, etc because there are rules they would have to follow. A lot of them have also been kicked out of homes and shelters for violent behavior. And yet they always seem to blame everyone else for their problems to get sympathy and cash from people. One solution would be to open back up the mental institutions that were closed years ago. At least these people could be taken care of properly.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80360585


I don't think Wendy would be able to be as coherent over these months if she had a substance abuse problem. I don't know what her whole/real story is - this is why I put this thread up - I thought this was a member here. I was hoping someone might now more about this situation.

I agree its a shame we don't have more options for people in mental health need. They just kind of rotate them through jail these days and let them wander the streets.
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Yah that guy is a dumbass ignore the hater
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I can't log in but I don't post often anyway. (No Winter)

Wendy first asked for help during the hurricane a few years ago. She is a real person with no addictions. She lives in the same county that I do. She has no family except for her dogs, and they are her family.

She works delivering for two of the food delivery services and lives in her van. I have helped when I could but I am not able to do more.

If you don't want to help, then don't, but she is real, struggling and trying to survive.

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not to be insensitive, but sometimes it's the pets or you

I see people begging for housing online around here, all with pets...
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i've been here 57 years and never saw that
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Miggy
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I can't log in but I don't post often anyway. (No Winter)

Wendy first asked for help during the hurricane a few years ago. She is a real person with no addictions. She lives in the same county that I do. She has no family except for her dogs, and they are her family.

She works delivering for two of the food delivery services and lives in her van. I have helped when I could but I am not able to do more.

If you don't want to help, then don't, but she is real, struggling and trying to survive.

"There but for the grace of God, go I."
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80367787


I really appreciate this information, Thank you.
It seems things are pretty rough for her right now. It was really hard to watch her video made last night. I wish someone would allow her to park in their drive - I made a donation, and am going to keep her in my prayers. I wish I could to more.
Thanks for your post.
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meanwhile people like tom brady who's already a millionair worth over $2oo million [link to www.sbnation.com (secure)] gets a million in ppp money to buy his boat right after a 2 year contract for $50 million. WE live in a fallen world.
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not to be insensitive, but sometimes it's the pets or you

I see people begging for housing online around here, all with pets...
 Quoting: Tobie


i've been here 57 years and never saw that
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Miggy
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I am not sure if it is Miggy, but the attached GLP thread, reads like her style of writing.
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I've been there before but I usually worked my way out of it.
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I've slept in high rise fire stairs and on tenement fire escapes. I've slept in apartment complex laundry rooms and underground parking lots.
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meanwhile people like tom brady who's already a millionair worth over $2oo million [link to www.sbnation.com (secure)] gets a million in ppp money to buy his boat right after a 2 year contract for $50 million. WE live in a fallen world.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 79728989


My friend who sells real estate is showing million dollar estates today to a man around 30. Its seems sometimes the wealth gap is getting larger.

Saw something about the State of Tennessee - only 3% of the states job postings were above 26,000 - that boggles the mind. Those are 1980s wages. And yet new vehicles are 70 grand these days. We live in a crazy world.
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EU have communal housing projects .In USA feral people turned this concept into ghetto no go zone
Township own apartments building , you pay reasonable rate to live in .
On your floor may live teacher , truck driver and shopkeeper , sometimes drunkard .That's what's make Americans unique .All bums living together
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Low income seniors - who fell through cracks in life - someone like Wendy is going to face a lot more difficulty getting back on her feet, than a much younger person imo.
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I can't log in but I don't post often anyway. (No Winter)

Wendy first asked for help during the hurricane a few years ago. She is a real person with no addictions. She lives in the same county that I do. She has no family except for her dogs, and they are her family.

She works delivering for two of the food delivery services and lives in her van. I have helped when I could but I am not able to do more.

If you don't want to help, then don't, but she is real, struggling and trying to survive.

"There but for the grace of God, go I."
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 80367787


I really appreciate this information, Thank you.
It seems things are pretty rough for her right now. It was really hard to watch her video made last night. I wish someone would allow her to park in their drive - I made a donation, and am going to keep her in my prayers. I wish I could to more.
Thanks for your post.
 Quoting: Starbird


hf
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I wanted to add that I live in a neighborhood with an HOA so I can't just have her park in my driveway. Also, even though we are in the same county, she is at the Northern most point and I am at the Southern most point. About 55 miles apart.

Wendy is from CA. She lost her job and and then her house and came to Florida because her father was living here. She could not find work here due to age and health issues. After her father passed away she had no place to go.
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I wanted to add that I live in a neighborhood with an HOA so I can't just have her park in my driveway. Also, even though we are in the same county, she is at the Northern most point and I am at the Southern most point. About 55 miles apart.

Wendy is from CA. She lost her job and and then her house and came to Florida because her father was living here. She could not find work here due to age and health issues. After her father passed away she had no place to go.
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