Pro 8 Exclusive: Hard economic times show us the different faces of struggle
It’s a time of year we tend to spend a lot more as we try to spread some Christmas cheer, but with the local economy not giving us a glimmer of hope, many of us are finding it hard to spend the extra money we usually do this time of year.
Non-profits are running on empty, trying to satisfy the ever-growing demand.
Now, we're seeing local organizations step up more than ever simply trying to help all the different faces of the homeless.
When you think of a homeless person, most people think of panhandlers begging for money.
But that is not the case: we found one mother who has fallen hard, struggling to raise her kids as a single parent. “We just got into a position where the father of my kids was taking care of us and he's not able to help us at the moment, so we were almost living in my car and I filled out an application to come here, and we were very lucky to be chosen one of many, many people,” says Kawana McClure.
Being a college graduate, she never thought she'd end up here, and with her kids being four, five, and six years old they don’t really understand. She says, "it was quite traumatic for them at first because I got kicked out of my apartment that I lived in. We couldn't pay the bills and we were almost on the streets."
Another frequent face seen at the Bethany House is Jack Williams, who used to be a Laredo businessman until he got into some trouble, serving three years in prison. Now he takes each day one step at a time. “I come in here, and I eat, and I realize how lucky I am, because you can always find someone who is in a worse situation than you are," he says.
Proof this holiday season has people from all walks of life trying to make it through.
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