Surviving in the Rough Handbook (via Google Drive):
Surviving in the Rough Handbook:
For those living unhoused in Vermont who either have been or are due to evicted from the motel/hotel program or have otherwise have already been abandoned to the streets, woods or elsewhere with nowhere else to call home.
A living, work-in-progress, document anonymously co-written by various peers (those with lived experience, knowledge and insights, because we have been there and have done that).
In solidarity. Don’t give up!!!
Anonymously co-authored by:
Noah Bodie (NB; nobody; street name);
Keep in mind that, no matter how alone or distressed that you might feel or be at times, you are not alone and this too shall pass. Others of us either are currently living in the similar type of circumstances or have previously done so and, no matter how difficult and trying the circumstances or situation faced, we are surviving or have survived. This might not make things easier by any means, however it can sometimes help to know that we are not alone in what we are experiencing or have experienced and about how there are opportunities ahead of us that are different than the circumstances and situations being faced in the moment, even when those moments grow into long hours, days, weeks, months and even years. Whatever happens, don’t lose heart and don’t ever give up, particularly not on yourself. You have not failed, nor are you a failure, rather the system as well as society as a whole has failed those of us who are most in need. – NB
The invite being sent out to certain peers with unhoused lived experience:
Given your wealth of unhoused lived experience, knowledge and insights that you possess, if you are so inclined to share those with others, you are being invited to do so on what is the beginning stages of a handbook for our peers residing in Vermont to be shared both virtually and in hardcopy form by those of us with printer access.
Noah Bodie (nobody; an old alias and street name from years ago)
Update re: unhoused workshops or clinics: Thus far, it appears that this might end up being a truly grass effort with those of us doing what we might be able to arrange in our area with those we know, including with unhoused peers currently residing in motels/hotels who could benefit from our lived experience and knowledge: i.e., it seems like we might be on our own in these regards, as is often sadly the case. Fortunately, in Montpelier, a church has stepped up to offer its building as a host site and the next steps might be doing the rest to bring about having a workshop or clinic hosted there. That said, if at all possible and if the motel/hotel owners or managers approve and if the unhoused guests are potentially open to it, I also think that it might work better to have such workshops or clinics be hosted at the motels/hotels where people are currently residing.
Am hopeful though that we might be able to find the support in one form or another needed to do as well as offer more however. We’ll see.
Related, Urgent — All Hands On Deck — Call, here.