Our Guests

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David P.

I’ve been coming to Listening House for a long time for coffee, clothing and other help, but I was especially grateful to the staff who visited me every week when I was in a rehabilitation center after losing some toes to frostbite.

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Jeremy C.

I came to Minnesota to be with my dad, and at first I was doing OK, but then things turned bad. I left my dad’s house with just my suitcase with everything in it, but it was stolen including my ID. That’s when I came to Listening House. The people here are genuine and helped me turn things around. I’m working now and feel good about myself. When a person is homeless, other people look at you bad.

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Darrelton W.

I never really had a chance because of my upbringing. Both parents were heroin addicts and deprived me of education and a normal life. I was forced to leave New York at 16 and have been on my own ever since. I heard about Listening House from another gentleman and have come here a long time, even after I got housing.

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Bill F.

I hate the word homeless. It’s a label, but we’re people! I came to Listening House for a cup of coffee, but built relationships with staff. Sometimes I help other people inadvertently when staff might not know the answer to their question.

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Verlinda F.

I moved from another state back here because I love Minnesota. Listening House has been a place to find comfort and feel normal. I can sit in a chair, get clean clothes or watch a movie. Sometimes being homeless means being treated like you are less than a person. It’s hard not receiving the same respect people with homes or jobs get.

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Troy

When I could not find housing I could afford, I went to another social service organization for help. They told me about Listening House. The staff here is considerate and motivated me in positive ways. Weather can be an enemy when you’re homeless, especially Minnesota’s fall and winter can be brutal.

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Sara B.

I took drugs for about five years and that’s how I became homeless. I’m clean now, but am still homeless. The hardest part for me today is being around drug dealers who come into the neighborhood. It’s hard!

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Jerome B.

The workers here are my angels! I became homeless when I could no longer able to take care of rent and bills because of my drug abuse. I’m 66-years old now and getting out of shelter at 6:30 in the morning is hard. Listening House is a safe place to come, so you don’t have to roam the streets.

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Dominique J.

After some disagreements with relatives I had to move out and eventually became homeless. I heard about Listening House from friends down here and they’ve helped me in a whole lot of ways – Staff has your best interests at heart, that’s what I can say about Listening House.

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Miranda S.

Somebody told me about Listening House back in 1993, and I‘ve come here off and on ever since. I’d recommend it here as someplace where you feel comfortable and there’s staff you can talk to.

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