Stories are powerful. They take us on a journey, help us understand others’ challenges, consider what we would do in similar circumstances, and show us how we can make a meaningful difference.
Listen and learn. It’s enlightening to hear the journeys of Coloradans who went from housed to homeless, and their efforts to move back to a more stable, safer place.
Share your stories. The CLOSE TO HOME Storytellers Network engages individuals who have directly experienced homelessness, supporting them in sharing their stories through presentations to groups and at events, and in audio and video recordings, as well as written stories. Learn more about the Storytellers Network. To request a speaker for an event, please contact CLOSE TO HOME, Stevi Gray, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-962-3321. You’re also invited to share your story with us online by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.
Nana Posey’s face lights up as she talks about her 26 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “I love my grandkids, and they love me like nobody’s business,” she shares. “They’re all doing well, and they give me such a lift when they call.” What they don’t know is that...read more
At the kick-off event for CLOSE TO HOME last November, we shared the story of Jan Watkins’ experience of homelessness [view Jan’s story]. Jan was married with two daughters and had made a great living as a long-time TV news producer. Following a challenging illness,...read more
“It’s been a struggle, but me and my boys make the best of any situation we’re in.” Almost three years ago, LaTanya was a stay-at- home mom of three school-aged boys living in her own home. She’d never been without a secure home and was fully committed to making the...read more
After parting from an abusive relationship, April was left jobless and homeless with a six month old son. Through hard work and sacrifice she was able to focus on pursuing a higher education and providing for her son. The message that she hopes people will take away...read more
Tammy Calabrese’s decision to share her story of homelessness changed her life, as well as her children’s lives. Viewers were moved when the story of Tammy and her six sons aired on the CBS4 evening newscast. Unable to find a landlord willing to accept their housing...read more
"I see people all of the time who turn up their noses to people who are homeless. I used to be one of those people," said Arvada resident, Jack. "You really don't understand where they're coming from until you're in their shoes. And if you don't think it could happen...read more
We invite you to share your story. Let us know about your experience or that of a family member or friend who has experienced homelessness. Tell us what actions and supports helped most to make a meaningful difference in addressing homelessness. Stories can range from a couple of sentences to longer form. If you can, please include a photo to bring a face to your story. You may also upload a video story to YouTube and share the link. Thank you for sharing your story!
Guidelines: In sharing your story, we ask that you take care not to share information about someone without their consent and approval. Please also be sure your story is respectful and appropriate for all audiences. CLOSE TO HOME reserves the right to edit or decline stories it believes do not meet these guidelines.