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A Step Up: Finding Community and Hope

A Step Up: Finding Community and Hope

Listen to audio story: In audio clip below, Sean talks to me about being homeless, being a part of Hazelnut Grove, and how having a place he can transition in is allowing him to pick himself back up again.

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Sean is a resident at Hazelnut Grove, an organized homeless camp in North Portland, Oregon. For Sean, Hazelnut Grove has provided a step up from when he was sleeping on benches and under bridges. It has provided a place for Sean to be part of a community where he feels safe and secure. Being a part of Hazelnut Grove has opened the door for Sean to find a job with Green Cab through a community volunteer who he met at Hazelnut Grove.

On February 15, 2016, I interviewed Sean while riding with him when he dropped off a client at the airport.

This interview took place in the cab along the way.

Sean drops off his client, Abby at the airport
Sean drops off his client, Abby at the airport. Photo © Mary Anne Funk 2016