I walked into Prescott Area Women’s Shelter having no real idea what to expect. I had never worked with a homeless population before, so I was fairly clueless what brought our guest to the shelter, what the dynamic was between staff and guests, and even what a typical day was like in the shelter. One thing was clear to me from the beginning; the shelter was a lot homier than I had imagined. On each bunk was a colorful quilt, and above each bed there was a colored frame honoring the individual(s) who helped pay for that bed. The women’s spirits matched the colorful room; rather than a building full of hopelessness and gloom (as I had prepared myself for), I noticed that women seemed generally quite happy and at ease here.
Sure, women would have their bad days, but at the end of the day, PAWS was a second chance for them, and they were committed to doing whatever they needed to get back on their feet. The staff also did their best to insure each woman’s success. The Case Manager here met weekly with each woman, creating weekly goals and monitoring their improvement. The really exciting part: it’s working! I have already witnessed 12 women transition out of PAWS since August.
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