Michael has been homeless for about a year now, and the thing that he struggles with most is the way that he is treated by those around him.

He now feels a disconnect from society, which he feels only adds to his disadvantages that homelessness causes.

“Honestly, I wouldn’t even get into words with that because, it just wouldn’t be right,” he said. “The words I’ve got for it are just mean words, because I hate that, I hate the way that they treat people.”

There are many things that Michael wishes he could change about his situation, one of the most pressing issues being the way that he is perceived by others.

“Help one person at a time. Anything helps, it doesn’t even matter. Food, anything, that helps. It helps a lot,” he said. “And you can’t help everybody, but you can help someone.”

Watch his full story here:

From the very beginning of this journey, our community has been extremely supportive of Naming the Homeless.

With that being said, I couldn’t do this project without the help of all of you guys. The amount of support that we have received from our community is absolutely overwhelming and something that I am grateful for every day.

After graduating high school with a seventh grade education due to a learning disability, Turhan has worked his entire adult life to support himself–until now.

“Labor is my only skill,” he said, “if I can’t lift anything, I can’t work.”

At age 49, he developed an inguinal hernia that caused him constant pain and left him out of work and, because it’s technically not an injury that he sustained while on the job, he never received workers’ compensation.

“That really hurt my feelings,” Turhan said, “I’m a loyal employee, I put everything into my work because it’s all I have… I couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t help me.”

Unable to work and with no other source of income, Turhan turned to the streets, where everyday is a battle with depression for him.

“I don’t want to hurt myself–I want to recover,” Turhan said.

Read more to find out what happens next.

Tamika graduated college.

In fact, she went to my university, Rowan, and got a degree in business.

From there she began gaining more work experience and a thirst to see the world. To celebrate her success she would travel the country with her family and boyfriend of 10 years.

In May, her boyfriend passed away. Tamika couldn’t believe it. She began to struggle to support herself on her own and found herself on the streets.

She used to look down on the homeless and now she is one of them.

Read more to find out what happens next.

If you don’t already know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health America has been spreading awareness specifically during the moth of May since 1949.

Mental illness is a huge contributor as a cause of homelessness. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, mental illness was listed as the third largest cause of homelessness.

In 2017 554,000 people experienced homelessness in one night in the U.S. During 2017 the Treatment Advocacy Center stated that one third of people experiencing homelessness suffer from some form of severe mental illness.

Mental health has always been an important topic in my own household. Kathy, my mom, has been suffering from bipolar disorder for the past 28 years. This time last year she was refusing to leave her room.

To express the importance of mental illness through Naming the Homeless we decided to randomly interview 10 individuals during the month of May to see how mental health has (or hasn’t) affected them and their experiences of homelessness. We will be posting their stories throughout the rest of this month to share their personal experiences.

Here are their stories:

If you don’t already know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health America has been spreading awareness specifically during the moth of May since 1949.

Mental illness is a huge contributor as a cause of homelessness. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, mental illness was listed as the third largest cause of homelessness.

In 2017 554,000 people experienced homelessness in one night in the U.S. During 2017 the Treatment Advocacy Center stated that one third of people experiencing homelessness suffer from some form of severe mental illness.

Mental health has always been an important topic in my own household. Kathy, my mom, has been suffering from bipolar disorder for the past 28 years. This time last year she was refusing to leave her room.

To express the importance of mental illness through Naming the Homeless we decided to randomly interview 10 individuals during the month of May to see how mental health has (or hasn’t) affected them and their experiences of homelessness. We will be posting their stories throughout the rest of this month to share their personal experiences.

Here are their stories:

If you don’t already know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health America has been spreading awareness specifically during the moth of May since 1949.

Mental illness is a huge contributor as a cause of homelessness. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, mental illness was listed as the third largest cause of homelessness.

In 2017 554,000 people experienced homelessness in one night in the U.S. During 2017 the Treatment Advocacy Center stated that one third of people experiencing homelessness suffer from some form of severe mental illness.

Mental health has always been an important topic in my own household. Kathy, my mom, has been suffering from bipolar disorder for the past 28 years. This time last year she was refusing to leave her room.

To express the importance of mental illness through Naming the Homeless we decided to randomly interview 10 individuals during the month of May to see how mental health has (or hasn’t) affected them and their experiences of homelessness. We will be posting one story a day for the next 10 days to share their personal experiences.

Here are their stories:

If you don’t already know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health America has been spreading awareness specifically during the moth of May since 1949.

Mental illness is a huge contributor as a cause of homelessness. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, mental illness was listed as the third largest cause of homelessness.

In 2017 554,000 people experienced homelessness in one night in the U.S. During 2017 the Treatment Advocacy Center stated that one third of people experiencing homelessness suffer from some form of severe mental illness.

Mental health has always been an important topic in my own household. Kathy, my mom, has been suffering from bipolar disorder for the past 28 years. This time last year she was refusing to leave her room.

To express the importance of mental illness through Naming the Homeless we decided to randomly interview 10 individuals during the month of May to see how mental health has (or hasn’t) affected them and their experiences of homelessness. We will be posting one story a day for the next 10 days to share their personal experiences.

Here are their stories:

This story is a little different than the others that we have posted.
This a a compilation of perspectives on homelessness that we gathered from several different people when we took a the train to the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden, NJ.

Within 15 minutes of our arrival I had witnessed someone choking, people selling things out of bags, someone vomit in the center of the sidewalk, arguments, and someone’s run in with the police.

We met Ruby inside the center. Ruby has been homeless for 6 months.

Two years ago she owned a home. She had a husband that she had been married to for 36 years. She owned her own business.

Now she sleeps in abandoned homes with her younger sister who is also homeless and is a recovering addict.

Six years ago Ruby was raped around the corner from her house. Her attacker broke her neck and her arms and legs were paralyzed for four years.

Her husband’s health began to deteriorate and he died of a stoke two years ago.

Unable to keep up with expenses she took refuge on the streets.

Her husband fought in the Vietnam War and Ruby is entitled to funds from the Veterans Agency although it takes about a war to be processed. Until then she will remain on the streets.

Marcus has been homeless for two years, mostly in New York.

He returned back home to Camden to be closer to an ill family member.

Marcus blames his homelessness on family members turning their backs on him when he was struggling financially.

Since his return Marcus says some of them have reached out to him and offered him a place to stay but he refuses, saying that this is something that he wants to do on his own.

Jennifer is a recovering addict who is returning home to live with her parents.

She had been homeless for five years.

Mary expressed her desire to give back to others like they have often times done for her.

After accepting a sandwich she asked us if we would like to pray with her and she blessed the sickly, the homeless, addicts, and those who are struggling among others.

To learn more about their stories please click the link!