“My mother used to always tell me, ‘Be kind to everybody, because you never know what their struggle was just to open their eyes and get up out of bed.’ And in this case,” Brenda Jackson, the Director of Safe Sleep Site, a program that serves the unhoused, explains, “they don't have a bed, they don't have a roof over them.”
Safe Sleep Site provides tents for unhoused clients as a pathway to permanent housing. They start off in a tent, transition to an RV, and then are placed in housing. This support is vital. “A lot of our clients have been on the streets for thirty-plus years. Some of them have never really experienced living in a real house,” Ms. Jackson says.