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Conversations with the Homeless in Missoula: What People Experiencing Homelessness Want to Share

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Many people using services at the Poverello enjoy sharing about their life. They tend to discuss their relationships with family and friends in particular. From our observations, clients using only day services at the Poverello have stronger relationships than those residing at the Poverello. The residents of the Poverello have varying degrees of their relationships. Some have no relationships, some develop relationships while there, some have cut off their relationships, and some rekindle past relationships. Using ethnographic fieldnotes of 70 hours of observation, we have found that having a relationship, especially a strong one, may be a gateway to moving out of the Poverello and out of homelessness.

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Conversations with the Homeless in Missoula: What People Experiencing Homelessness Want to Share

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Many people using services at the Poverello enjoy sharing about their life. They tend to discuss their relationships with family and friends in particular. From our observations, clients using only day services at the Poverello have stronger relationships than those residing at the Poverello. The residents of the Poverello have varying degrees of their relationships. Some have no relationships, some develop relationships while there, some have cut off their relationships, and some rekindle past relationships. Using ethnographic fieldnotes of 70 hours of observation, we have found that having a relationship, especially a strong one, may be a gateway to moving out of the Poverello and out of homelessness.