More than three hundred and fifty (350) formerly homeless people, passionate advocates and housing providers from across the state attended the July 28, 2009 Congressional Reception. As we stated on Monday, one of the most impressive parts of the event were the speeches by the formerly homeless that preceded the speeches by the members of Congress. This is the fifth in our series of publishing links to the video and a summary of the speeches.
Cyndy Walters, a peer specialist with the Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s Journey to Wellness Self Help Center in Ocean County, NJ, spoke about her struggles with mental illness that lead her to live homeless in the woods for six years. Prior to becoming homeless she lost her five children, her housing, her job, her car, and her dignity. Her recovery began when she hit bottom and found support at the Journey to Wellness Self Help Center.