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Helping a homeless person?

I am trying to help someone who has recently become homeless find a place to stay. She does not do any drugs and is a well educated woman. I do not know her that well and due to a transitional move that I am going through, I cannot have her stay with me. I can pay for her to stay at a hotel for one night, but not much more. Where I live, it seems that there aren't any churches or synagogues that will take her in. She seems very uncomfortable and scared to go to a homeless shelter. What states in the US have friendly people that will take her in (such as friendly churches or synagogues)? I heard that Asheville, NC is friendly, is this true? She was referred to a single-sexed shelter and she didn't feel comfortable there. It was too full anyway.

Asked By: friendlygal - 9/25/2008
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I can understand not being comfortable in a shelter but sometimes we have to do things that are not comfortable to get by but maybe there are some other ways. A lot will depend on why she is homeless. If she is physically well and mentally well enough to work there are some jobs that provide a place to stay examples... More
Answered By: A F - 9/26/2008
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I don't know about Asheville NC. Your friend may be afraid of coed shelters (they can be dangerous) or that someone could find her at a shelter. Try looking for a YWCA, a Woman's shelter or a domestic abuse shelter. Also, even if churches/synagogues do not take someone in they may have a number/address of someone or... More
Answered By: Amy B - 9/25/2008
 
i've been to hickory and seems friendly enough
Answered By: kare34235 - 9/25/2008
 
I work with the homeless population here in Ohio, shelters are indeed a place to be afraid, especially for women. r**e is an ugly reality in many shelters. A battered women's shelter would be her safest bet. Search (google / internet) for your local homeless organizations, in many instances they will assist people with... More
Answered By: mchlmybelle - 9/25/2008
 
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