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Lillian's Story

Lillian had an apartment of her own a couple of years ago and fell in love with the Fargo Moorhead community. When she was younger, she ran her own catering business. She has always believed in being strong and independent. She raised her kids to be the same way. Lillian lived in Arizona about 8 years ago, and noticed her skin started to do something out of the ordinary, she went in and got it checked out by a dermatologist. She discovered that she had Basel Cell Carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. She underwent the surgery and had it removed but was told she could no longer sit out in the sun. Lillian moved back to the Fargo Moorhead area because she felt like she was being harassed by the people in the place where she lived. However, when family matters arose on the west coast, Lillian asked her doctor to help her get out of her apartment’s lease so she could go to where her family needed her. Once the troubles were sorted out, Lillian came back to the FM area, but this time with nowhere to go. When she got off the AMTRAK, she had nothing but her yellow parka, the jeans on her legs and her purse. That is when she came to Churches United for the Homeless. 

Lillian feels like Churches United for the Homeless is somewhere that she can be safe. At the shelter she sees chores that need to be done, such as community laundry and she steps up to help. Because Lillian has always been independent and being in the shelter is hard for her because she feels like a burden to the system. Lillian is looking for apartments in the FM Area that is not in Section 8 housing. Lillian, however, cannot get up- stairs very well so it is a challenge to find an apartment that is in her budget and can accommodate her needs. She will spend $6 to get on the Med-bus and go to tour possible first floor apartments. Lillian notices that most of the apartments she tours have steps leading up to the building that she can’t get up or are out of her budget, but that doesn’t get her down. She is still looking!

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