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Mini-stories from Hangtown Haven chronicler Rebecca Nylander

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From page A13 | November 01, 2013 | 5 Comments

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.

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  • kggNovember 01, 2013 - 7:52 am

    i wonder if any of the folks who want to "rid placerville of this trash" are reading about the residents of hangtown haven. probably not because then they might have to acknowledge that the residents are real people with real problems and not to be feared.

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  • Great Gaspen AspenNovember 02, 2013 - 10:03 am

    KGG, maybe if you knew basic grammer and punctuation you might not be considered so lazy. It's hard to take you seriously when you write like an uneducated drop out.

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  • kggNovember 02, 2013 - 10:11 am

    “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” ― e.e. cummings

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  • observerNovember 02, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Gas Ass, do you have spell check?

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  • Great Gaspen AspenNovember 02, 2013 - 10:40 am

    Observer....I had that one coming. 'GRAMMAR' Good Obs. My bad.....but still.

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