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THAT is a question ALL, or rather, most of us woman at the Normal Herr women’s shelter start to worry about after being there for a few months. I and others usually tell them if they think that after ONLY A FEW MONTHS, then try being there for years. I’ve been there now for EXACTLY ONE YEAR and FIVE MONTHS!. That’s SEVENTEEN MONTHS.
This past December 21st. The housing case worker started putting together my paperwork to get low income housing. Then on February 13th 2017 I went to a meeting at Frontline Agency to fill out paperwork for C.M.H.A. and Eden corporations housing.
Well, to put it mildly, I’m so damned disgusted with this hurry up and freaking WAIT!!!!. I sent off for a expedited copy of my birth certificate of which I paid $48.50 out of MY pocket. UNlike a lot of the women there, They will take, take and take some more. NEVER wanting to spend any of their money on anything they need except for their drugs and booze!.
So, anyways, as soon as the B.C. was in my hands, I went to the B.M.V. to get my Ohio State I.D. which had expired and needed to be replaced. After I returned to the shelter from getting my state I.D. I handed it to the housing worker to be copied and scanned out to the C.M.H.A. people and the Eden people.
The death certificate that was needed for my husband was already handed in to them. That valid I.D. was the LAST THING NEEDED!.
However….I’m still in a holding pattern!, I’m still waiting to be told that I have an appt. to go look at one of the buildings. THEN, after I look at the thing and sign papers ( if I like it.. ha! at this point I’ll take anything) I STILL HAVE TO WAIT … for maybe a week or two from what I’ve been told to move in!.
I wish I understood WHY it takes so damned long!.
Yeah, I understand there are a lot of us and that there’s ONLY ONE housing worker that actually works!. That isn’t to say there aren’t more that get PAID to be CALLED a housing worker. It’s just that Miss N. is the ONLY one that actually does anything to help us at that horrible place.
I’m honestly afraid that I will go insane before I can get away from there, I’m afraid I’ll end up in prison because of the stress and the ignorant thugs that are allowed in there. Those types will pick fights and then get several of their friends to beat up on ONE person, we are out in situations where we need to defend ourselves BUT in doing so we could go to prison. WHY do they even allow that sort of deranged people in there, homeless or not?!. They should be put somewhere away from women that are willing to follow rules and willing to be civil and actually comport themselves like a human being.
When I went into that place I thought the women were all there from being evicted like myself or maybe in an abusive relationship. But MOST are there because they CAN’T act like anything but THUGS, a lot are CRIMINALLY INSANE. We deal with a lot of them forming lesbian relationships in the shelter, then they will be put in a dorm with bunk beds like the room I’M in. Then they invite their lesbian lover to spend the night in bed with them. THe rest of the women in the room have to listen to them having sex and talking about lot of nasty horrid talk.
They threaten us if we tell the staff and most times the staff can’t even do anything with these pieces of human trash.
Even if they wanted to due to the threats and the bullying that ALL of us put up with. SOMETHING has to be done about the types of women allowed in there.
Hopefully with Catholic Charities taking over the running of the shelter from Frontline, things WILL finally get better!. One thing for sure they can’t get worse.
The food is nasty and has forieghn objects in it such as rocks, hairs, and rotten pieces that the cooks are to lazy to cut away!. We’ve had bouts of food poisoning several times in the 17 months I’ve been there. There’s just so many horrifying things about that place that it’s impossible to sit here and think of them all.
I’m just really hopping I can get out of that place and into my own apt. before I go crazy or end up in prison!.