In this episode, Katie interviews Leslie Foster, President and CEO of The Gathering Place, Denver's only daytime drop-in center that serves women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness.
In the episode, Leslie and Katie discuss the distinct causes, challenges, and experiences of homelessness among women, mothers, and trans individuals. They also contrast these experiences with those faced by cisgender men experiencing homelessness. Leslie details the ways in which communities of women and trans individuals are underserved by traditional poverty and homelessness support organizations, and ways in which their struggles tend to remain “unseen” by the general population. Lastly, Leslie offers surprisingly simple steps we can take to combat issues of poverty and homelessness, and fight the stigma surrounding these issues, in our own communities.
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Loved the episode? Here is the blog Leslie mentioned! Written by Leslie's friend and former client of The Gathering Place, Ronisha "Reaux" Johnson, the blog offers a "deep look into the innermost feelings of a young black woman," and "a safe-space for honest self-expression." As Leslie mentions in our chat and Reaux describes on her blog, Reaux is a licensed social worker who "is no stranger to the challenges that individuals and communities face while trying to make something out of this thing called life." Reaux's blog discusses "experiencing and overcoming personal challenges...the ups, downs, glows, and grows of trying to find your place in the world." I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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