Cory’s Homeless Story for Homelessness Action Week 2018

October 30, 2018

Cory, a member of Diverse Organization Providing Education and Regional Services (DOPERS) in Langley shares her homeless experiences during an interview for Homelessness Action Week

Oct. 7-13 is Homelessness Action Week in British Columbia

Please scroll down to read full transcript of the video!

 

Nancy – Hi! I’m Nancy. I’m with Diverse Organization Providing Education + Regional Services. We’re here doing interviews for the Homelessness Action Week.

Nancy – Name?

Cory – Cory

Nancy – Nickname?

Cory – No

Nancy – Age?

Cory – 37

Nancy – Hometown?

Cory – Langley

Nancy – Are you homeless?

Cory – Yes

Nancy – How did that start?

Cory – 3.5 years ago, ended up on the street

Nancy – Tell us about your journey?

Cory – It’s been rough to camp in the bushes by myself..because it is quite scary out there

Nancy – How hard is it to be homeless?

Cory – Day to day, it’s painful..emotionally, mentally..everything

Nancy – How do you get by everyday?

Cory – It’s really hard

Nancy – Where do you stay right now?

Cory – I have a tent .. I just move around

Nancy – Have you ever stayed in a homeless camp?

Cory – Yep

Nancy – Do you feel safer there? Or do you feel safer by yourself?

Cory – No, I prefer a camp

Nancy – How do you do you make money?

Cory – Unloading trailers, manual labor

Nancy – What is the hardest part of living in an tent?

Cory – Spiders! Not having somewhere to go to the washroom

Nancy – How do you wash?

Cory – I just do the baby wipe, bird bath thing

Nancy – What is the biggest roadblock to finding shelter or housing?

Cory – I’m not on welfare…I’ve applied for it and got denied…I’ve lost the will to care.

Nancy – What is the most challenging part of the day?

Cory – Anytime I have to go into an establishment

Nancy – Tell us something no one knows about you?

Cory – I cry everyday

Nancy – What do you miss most?

Cory – Cooking, I used to cook everyday

Nancy – What would have changed your life?

Cory – My ex…he took my 3 kids to Saskatchewan and it took over 2.5 years to find them…that’s when I hid the skids really hard when that happened…went through severe depression…tried to kill myself at least 50 times in 2.5 years…I went 10 years without seeing them…if that didn’t happen…things would have been a lot different.

Nancy – What is your drug of choice?

Cory – Heroin

Nancy – How do you manage your addiction?

Cory – I’ve been able to reel myself in quite a bit

Nancy – What does using heroin do for you?

Cory – I started using it because it was the closest thing I could get to killing myself without actually killing myself

Nancy – What is the highlight of the day?

Cory – When I see my dad

Nancy – What are some of your challenges you face everyday?

Cory – Finding somewhere to lay down…without being harassed

Nancy – Do you have any beliefs you live by?

Cory – Spread positive energy out there

Nancy – Do people really want to solve the homelessness issue?

Cory – I wish that was true.

Nancy – What was your last steady job?

Cory – When I worked at the car detail shop

Nancy – How long ago was it?

Cory – About 3 months ago

Nancy – When was the last time they slept in a bed?

Cory – 4 years ago

Nancy – In conclusion, One sentence to sum up your current situation?

Cory – I thank God for being with me

Nancy – If you could tell your story to Premier Horgan or Prime Minister Trudeau, what would you say?

Cory – Open up your mind…when you paint everybody with the same brush…that’s as closed-minded as you can get…and they’re not listening to people…they’re reading files.

Nancy – Final thoughts?

Cory – Every homeless person has gotten there for whatever reason

Nancy – Thank you for sharing your story

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