[Hpn] new shelter

Bonnie Briggs s248_1132@hotmail.com
Sat, 29 Apr 2000 08:45:06 -0700 (PDT)

>For example, there are now three different stages of shelter. In the first 
>stage, women are housed four to a room in doorless cubicles with linoleum 

Hi Sally,
  Doorless rooms? What, no privacy? So, what you're saying is first, you 
strip away whatever small trace of dignity they have because you don't trust 
them. How is that going to help you build trust with them? How are they 
supposed to get undressed for bed at night if there's no door on the room? 
Also, some women may feel comfortable undressing in front of other women. 
So, you not only strip their dignity, you also strip their modesty. This new 
shelter may be good, but if I was homeless, there's no way I would stay 
there. Homeless women lose everything when they are on the street. Losing 
their dignity and their modesty is too high a price to pay for a decnt 
shelter. You're treating these women no better than Society treats them. If 
these women are to have any chance of improving their lives and getting off 
the streets and improving their self-esteem, they need to be trusted and 
shown that they are worthy people. Putting them in doorless rooms and 
mistrusting them doesn't do that. You may not think you're mistrusting them, 
but that's the message you're sending them. I would strongly suggest that 
you re-think your policy. These people deserve to be treated with the same 
respect the rest of of us are treated with. You wouldn't ask a housed woman 
to live in a fishbowl. Would  you live in a doorless room with four other 
people you didn't know? Think aboutit.

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