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Gina feels like she’s been a punching bag and she’s tired of it.
“Once, in an outrage, my husband broke my nose,” she told us. “He almost broke my jaw, too.”
Her husband was so controlling that even when Gina’s son died in a car accident, her husband wouldn’t let her leave for the service.
“My neighbor helped me get away,” she said.
Although she made it to the funeral, when she got home her suitcase was waiting for her by the door and the locks were changed. She was homeless.
With nowhere else to go, Gina ended up living on the streets near the Rose Quarter Bridge.
“It’s depressing being out here,” she said. “All I do is walk all day.”
Portland has few resources for homeless women, but Cityteam Portland offers a unique respite program during the day.
Women like Gina can get a change of clothes, take a shower, and even do their hair and make-up, while a volunteer offers a listening ear. We also offer meals twice a day. Over time, Cityteam becomes a safe haven where they can pray with others, connect to resources they need to get back on their feet, and know God loves them.
“I’ve got faith,” Gina says. “I’ve just got to keep going and not give up.”