“I mean me and my husband have been together for 31 years. High school sweethearts. Six beautiful children. My husband thought I was gonna leave him when he had the stroke, I mean God had brought us a long way. A very long way. It is so hard out here and nobody knows how it is."
"My kids are grown, I just became a grandma. My daughter turned 18 October the 16th. I had my first grandbaby October the 16th on her 18th birthday. And my grandbaby is 100% blind… how he tells who we are, he [touches] the face and [hears] our voice… I didn’t want to be a grandma because of the situation that I’m in. I’m homeless, I’m out here on the streets. I’m not gonna be able to see my grandbaby like I should… and then my husband being locked up, and worried about him… he’s been in there 4 months. We got married when we were 17. Started having kids when I was 16 and just continued to have kids after kids after kids after kids and then we had 6 beautiful ones. I have 4 living, I have 2 deceased."
"So, I mean it’s just hard because you ain’t got people out here who are willing to help. You have nobody that you can sit and talk to. I got so stressed out and had so much pain in my heart… I’m five days clean. I’m doing good, I’m trying to straighten up my life before my husband gets out because he’s not able to work to take care of me, but he’s worked all of his life, the whole 31 years that we’ve been together, to take care of me."
"It’s just hard. I’m proud of myself, but it’s like I can’t get ahead. It’s like it’s backing me up instead of me going forward. And I ask God to forgive me for my sins. I went to church yesterday, it felt good. I sat there crying the whole time, but I felt so good when I walked up out of there, it was amazing.”