“That would be something very different. You wouldn’t have the violence. You wouldn’t have to call the cops all the time. You wouldn’t have to worry about protecting yourself all the time - especially at nighttime.”
Struggle to move from couch surfing and camping, to sleeping every night in the same bed at the Mission, to having your own bed to sleep in. Struggle to move from existing on the charity of others and odd jobs to supporting yourself. Struggle to move from signing your kids over to their stepmom for one more year to fighting for the right to have them in your life.
Celeste moved here from Anchorage because she had quit one job for a better job, and then the better job was not funded. She had savings and made it through a couple of months, lived with her mom in Anchorage for another couple of months, looking for work all the while, and then moved to Fairbanks at the urging of her sister who lives here.