Collins: Meet Melissa, Another Face of Homelessness

Sadly there are many who abuse their power in our country, including many husbands who use physical force to harm their very own families, including their wives.

In the following video you will hear the testimony from Melissa, a homeless woman whose husband physically assaulted her for years without ever getting arrested. She was eventually thrown out on the street by him and she is now homeless and physically quite weak.

I hope that as she shares her story in this video more people will see that not every homeless person is there because they want to be there, or because they are criminals as some might have you believe.

Melissa needs your prayers and support, as do many others in this county and country who have been or are in the same situation.

This physically abused woman has been damaged so badly that her arm goes numb, and its pretty clear that the damage inflicted upon her will be with her for the rest of her life making it much harder for her to work and move about as others who are healthy.

Imagine being homeless, female, physically weak , mentally crushed, and having no place to call home.

Imagine also that certain members of society look at you as worthless because you have no home to stay in.

Such stories I see often, and my hope is that shelter and help will be much more readily available to people in such awful situations.

Please continue to pray for such people as well as those who abuse them.

Pray that the abused get the help they need, and that the abusers are set free to be kind as they should be.

  • Jacki Livingston

    When I was a caseworker for the County SSA, I had a client with four kids, she was being abused and her husband was stealing her food stamps for his mistress and her kids. I had a woman with SLE and fibromyalgia sobbing at my desk, because she was living in her Mercedes, because her husband didn’t believe she was really sick. My jaw dropped, because she was so sure that I wouldn’t believe her. I have SLE and Fibromyalgia, and I thanked God for sending this woman to me, because she needed me…and I needed her. Those of us who work in public service for the right reasons get burned out, because we start to feel like we are putting little bandaids on gaping gunshot wounds. I have missed working with those in need, and there were times when those people gave me far more than I could ever give them. Their courage and dignity inspired me…it does, still. Joshua…I need a job. If you need me…call me.

  • Luis Noble-Perez

    As an advocate for the homeless I have meet with all kind of issues and why people are homeless out there. Any woman should not be homeless in this situations because their in harms way of their abuser. One shelter is not enough we need shelters in every city as safe zones to transitional homes for the homeless. Nonprofits are not free people need to have some kind of income to be helped.