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From homeless and hopeless… I found hope!

Jeanne Albaugh
President of Showering Love, Inc.

All of my life I have loved seeing other people be happy. I have always had a deep concern and compassion for people in need and who are going through rough times. 30 years ago when I began volunteering to feed the hungry in New York, I envisioned a tractor-trailer complete with a food pantry, a washer/dryer and showers that could park curbside and serve those in need. By making poor choices, I went from Park Avenue to a park bench and became homeless.

I scurried around from place to place and slept wherever I could. I begged for money, holding a sign under a bridge. People graciously gave me food and money, but, without a place to shower, my hygiene and personal appearance deteriorated (yes, that’s me in the Before and After pictures!) I fit the stereotypical vision of a homeless person. I vividly remember those dark, lonely, desolate nights and the feeling of hopelessness, of being unwanted and unloved.

The day arrived when I was motivated to no longer be homeless and to move into action. Taking full advantage of the numerous programs supporting the homeless, and addressing my issues one at a time, it led me to self-sufficiency. This is why I am committed to sharing hope with people who are experiencing homelessness, I know what is possible.

From homeless and hopeless…
I FOUND HOPE!

Jeanne Lewis
President of Showering Love, Inc.

All of my life I have loved seeing other people be happy. I have always had a deep concern and compassion for people in need and who are going through rough times. 30 years ago when I began volunteering to feed the hungry in New York, I envisioned a tractor-trailer complete with a food pantry, a washer/dryer and showers that could park curbside and serve those in need. By making poor choices, I went from Park Avenue to a park bench and became homeless.

I scurried around from place to place and slept wherever I could. I begged for money, holding a sign under a bridge. People graciously gave me food and money, but, without a place to shower, my hygiene and personal appearance deteriorated (yes, that’s me in the Before and After pictures!) I fit the stereotypical vision of a homeless person. I vividly remember those dark, lonely, desolate nights and the feeling of hopelessness, of being unwanted and unloved.

The day arrived when I was motivated to no longer be homeless and to move into action. Taking full advantage of the numerous programs supporting the homeless, and addressing my issues one at a time, it led me to self-sufficiency. This is why I am committed to sharing hope with people who are experiencing homelessness, I know what is possible.

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Showering Love is run entirely by volunteers and survives solely through the generosity of individual benefactors.and with the support of the community.
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