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Inside the #Library Fighting #Homelessness #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia Stein,Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Damyanti Biswas and Simon Falk.

Our next post will be on February 22nd, 2019. If you would like to join us please click here!


“Sometimes it’s easy to walk by because we know we can’t change someone’s whole life in a single afternoon. But what we fail to realize it that simple kindness can go a long way toward encouraging someone who is stuck in a desolate place.” 
― Mike Yankoski

Who would have guessed that finding refuge in a library would lead one woman to find her purpose, help herself and others in the process?

Many communities in many countries are facing a crisis with regards to the number of people who are homeless.  Working in social services in the past I witnessed first hand the challenges many faced, be it mental health issues, escaping bad situations, substance abuse or a combination of factors, often out of their control. In many cases, I got to know, care and like so many I met. Each had a story and I learned so much from just sitting down and speaking with them.

Cuica Montoya experienced homelessness herself after her husband left her, her home went into foreclosure, she even did a stint in jail as well as having addiction issues. When living rough she would gravitate to the library, being a public place it is often a haven to many on the streets. When Cuica finally realized she couldn’t go on that way, she got help.  Cuica was approached by Elissa Hardy, a Community Resource Specialist with the Denver Library and asked to become a Peer Navigator which gave Cuica purpose and helps her effect change in her community on a daily basis.

Watch Cuica’s story here…

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12 thoughts on “Inside the #Library Fighting #Homelessness #WATWB”

    1. I agree, treating people with respect makes a huge difference. I remember having a client cry because I shook his hand. It’s the little things, treating people with respect. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Have a fantastic weekend!😊

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  1. What a great program! Not all libraries would be as comfortable with this. Having been an addiction counselor for 30 years, I saw the need for more peer support and stream lined services where people are – without all the red tape.

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    1. I completely understand I got a bit misty too. I was so impressed with the program I hope it becomes a reality in many cities. Thanks so much for your comment and for taking the time to stop by. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend.

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  2. Hi Belinda – what an amazing programme to read about … and Joanna’s comment makes so much sense – I’ll mention it to the library people here in Eastbourne … if I put the word out – who knows what might happen.

    ‘Having been an addiction counselor for 30 years, I saw the need for more peer support and stream lined services where people are – without all the red tape.’

    Thanks – opening our eyes to what’s possible via #WAWTB is great … cheers Hilary

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