There was a really nice piece about the Women's Shelter posted in the Scene Magazine today. This is the url if you need to cut and paste:http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2017/02/13/residents-hopeful-for-change-at-norma-herr-womens-shelter-but-not-too-hopeful. This story laid out all the issues facing the women everyday at this horribly administered shelter, but unfortunately made the point that most women do not trust the process. They have been let down so much that they see no hope in there being a change. Change is always difficult and it takes a lot to take the risk on a change. Scene sent a reporter to stay at the shelter overnight who was shocked by the conditions in the shelter, and was comforted by other residents.
We have heard from a number of people who say that we should sit back and be proud of what we have done to call attention to the problem or the minor adjustments that have taken place over the last year or the horrible staff who left the shelter or the hearing the County held last year. This misses the point of our advocacy. There are more women staying in the shelter every night compared to last year. There is a feeling that the place is less safe with all the people, beds and nothing to do in the evening. There is more depression and feeling of hopelessness. So, at the end of the day, we have done nothing to help. We have tried and spent countless hours trying to improve the shelter, but without much to show. Things are worse for the women today and they are hoping and praying for a change.
by Brian Davis
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