On January 20, 2008, a frigid Sunday morning; a woman wearing only a jacket, three shirts and a pair of blue jeans, lying between two old dirty mattresses for warmth, in a makeshift hut under the Southside end of the Liberty Bridge here in Pittsburgh, PA died from exposure to 5 degree temperatures. This woman, her story, her life, and more importantly how she died and why so many others like her will die too if help is not offered soon.
With winter upon us the need for food, warm clothing and shelter is urgent. Especially, when you find two young people in their early twenties living in an old abandon church with no place to go, and Hearts of The Homeless is able to provide them with food, clothing and a shower so they feel” clean enough” so people won’t judge them for being homeless. Hearts of The Homeless gives homeless women their dignity and the willingness and ability to go stay in a warm place out of the elements so they do not freeze to death. They are given hope, and are excited as they look for a job or applied for entitlement benefits to become self- sufficient.