Despite frequent media attention to the causes and effects of homelessness, we do not often hear the voices of homeless people themselves in mass media.
Lori Turner, a MAIIC student, chose to use her project for the Public Culture course to enable one person to tell her story in her own words. Using an ethnographic approach and narrative inquiry to complete her research, Lori was able to publish the results in an article for the Kelowna Daily Courier.
The story features Angela’s (alias) story about experiencing homelessness and the friendship with a “volunteer-advocate” at Kelowna’s Inn From The Cold that has helped her maintain sobriety and stable housing. In her own words, we hear what the experience has been like for Angela and why she believes the program saved her life.