I am the assistant campus director for a local adult education program in the Mahoning Valley. One of my students, a 74 year-old homeless woman, was kicked-out of the Youngstown Rescue Mission on Monday over an argument with a staff member.
This particular shelter resident is a burn survivor who is widowed and is trying to get an education in the medical field so that she can obtain decent employment.
The facility gave the woman 15 min. to pack her things. With no form of transportation, she was forced to leave (police escort and all!) at nine o'clock at night. When she returned a few days later for her belongings, she was told they were "accidently" put on the bus to Goodwill.
Her school supplies, books and clothing are now all gone! She has been sleeping wherever she can and has to wash the same clothes over and over for school. [continued below]....
..... Her dedication to bettering herself is what makes the actions of the shelter even more disturbing to me. She rides the public bus everyday to get to school. The staff at the shelter would require she attend "Devotion" than to stay in her room and study. On the evening she was kicked out, she was not allowed to rewash her school scrubs and lab jacket. The makeup that she wears is heavy to cover the scars on her face. The makeup had left stains on the collar of her jacket and the staff member, Crystal, would not allow her to rewash it. When Crystal walked away, the woman put the jacket back in the wash anyway. This is why she was put out!
I have long been a supporter of the Rescue Mission, but I will be no more! I am sick because of this. I am proud to say that the drive this woman has to succeed is amazing. After all of this, she is still here everyday with a smile still on her face. She is a christian woman and harbors no ill feelings against anyone at the shelter. As for myself, I am a pagan and I say "Shame on them!"