If we’re honest with ourselves we often approach the issue of homelessness with preconceived ideas about why a person is homeless, but there’s one woman who breaks all the stereotypes.
About a year ago Lynette Diesen’s life began to unravel. “I made sure my gas tank was full of gas and I put all of my pillows and blankets that I could fit into my car because I knew that the children and I were probably going to be sleeping in the car for a little bit.”
She was a registered nurse working in an emergency room when she suffered a shoulder injury so severe that she could no longer work. "I was used to getting a very nice income, take home pay and all of a sudden that was done".
Two applications for disability were denied and the bills started piling up. First she lost her career, then her home. “It just feels like you're worthless and then to have the homelessness on top of it just makes it so hard".
On the verge of living in her car the Open Door Mission found room for her and her kids. It was tough at first, but she found the support that she desperately needed. "We've always got somebody to talk to when we're having a hard day and when we have something happy happen we have people to rejoice with".
Diesen is sharing her story because she wants people to know just how quickly a person’s life can change for the better with a little help. After getting a lawyer and going before a judge she was awarded disability and is now looking forward to leaving the Lydia House with her family.