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“2016 Ask the Expert” Series 2: Jennifer

About our expert: Jennifer opens up about circumstances which led her to experiencing homelessness.

“I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for HOC. My family would’ve buried me 2 years ago—I’d have frozen to death in my car,” Jennifer shares. In the winter of 2012, Jennifer knew she needed help. Jennifer admits to being hesitant at first to ask for help and then even more so when it was time for her to actually set foot in House of Charity. She drove by and suddenly felt compelled to come in. She said, that right off the bat, she was welcomed and treated with compassion and respect from House of Charity’s Intake Coordinator.


Introductory Video (01:12) to Series 2, “Introducing Jennifer”:

Evelyn Combs, House of Charity’s “Client Advocate Director” (phone: 612-594-2026 and email: introduces us to Jennifer and her story of how she first heard of House of Charity: 

In the first video of this series (04:48): 

Jennifer tells us  how she filled the hours of the day while experiencing #homelessness in #minneapolis.

In the second video of this series (04:49):

Jennifer candidly discusses her experiences about the realities of #homelessness.

In the third video of this series (05:57):

In our third installment of 2016’s “Ask the Expert” series, we ask Jennifer about how House of Charity has been of assistance during her journey.

In the fourth and last video of this series (03:37):

In the fourth and last video of this 2016 “Ask the Expert” Series, we asked Jennifer about her hardest day.


For an article about Jennifer and the good work of HOC in “Midwest Pollen,” click here.


“2015 Ask the Expert” Series 1: Terry

Briefly, about our expert: Terry has experienced homelessness for 30 years. The path of how he became homeless may be shared by many. His purpose and enthusiasm is inspiring to all.

In the first of five videos (03:38):

We learn how Terry, our expert, occupied his time during the day.


In our second video in the series (03:47):

Terry suggests how to act when encountering someone who is experiencing homelessness;
he also gives a brief glimpse into his methods of dealing with memories from the past.


At the midpoint of the series, video three (03:54):

Terry answers how he has dealt with Minnesota winters;
also, what he does in the summer with the clothing which kept him warm during the winter.


The fourth video in “Ask the Expert” Series (03:17):

Terry answers the question, “What tipped you over the edge to being homeless?”


The fifth video in “Ask the Expert” Series (01:55):

Terry answers the question, “What was your hardest day?”