Episode 012: Outside Ourselves

Lindsay Elitharp | Friday, May 1, 2015


Interview with Lisa

With a steady job, an apartment, and a family, Lisa never dreamed she’d end up homeless, until health complications, stress, and expense of care for her and her special needs child compromised her financial stability. Despite her time in the Army, Lisa never considered herself a veteran and had never sought veteran benefits or services before. And she’s not alone; female veterans are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. But Lisa found a blessing in the tough times: a support network she didn’t know was there, a community of veteran brothers and sisters here in New Hampshire. Listen to her story below to learn more.

Why Beyond Spare Change?

First, because we believe that stories are the currency of human connection. The sharing of experiences can break down boundaries, forge new paths, and force us to see each other as individuals with complex and varied histories instead of “types” dictated by circumstance.

Second, because anyone who has heard the clink of quarters against pennies, be it in a plastic cup or the bottom of a purse, knows that one has to move beyond spare change to impact chronic homelessness.

Lastly, the show is called Beyond Spare Change out of respect for the work the men and women who have passed through Liberty House have done on themselves and their lives. It’s no mean feat to find work after unemployment and homelessness. It’s no mean feat to struggle with addiction and maintain one’s sobriety. Above all, Beyond Spare Change is dedicated to our hardworking residents.

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