Mini-stories from Hangtown Haven chronicler Rebecca Nylander

By From page A13 | November 01, 2013

The following are excerpts from Hangtown Haven resident Rebecca Nylander’s profiles of the camp residents:

“R” served our country in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. He struggles with alcoholism but has done better in controlling his addictions at the Haven than he ever was able to do prior to coming into our family. In the past year he has had two open heart surgeries.

“L” came stumbling into the Haven after being viciously raped and beaten in a nearby illegal camp. I will never forget the look on her face when she asked those in our camp, “Do you want me?” That is a question no human being should ever have to ask. She reaches out to every lost soul she can find with an offering of love and hope.

“K” and “S” had disabilities that qualified them for SSI. They were able to find some stability in the Haven and refocus their lives. They saved their limited funds and with a little help from others, they purchased a cute little mobile home that is perfect for the two of them.

Wendy Schultz

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