Porsche Stuckman, 25, says she needs to get focused. “I’m depressed,” she said. “The only reason I’m depressed is I’m in the same situation over and over. I can’t blame anyone else, but I’m depressed because I don’t have anything. I’m angry because I know what I have to do and don’t do it.”
“It’s never just one thing,” said Debbi Giacomoni, a soft-spoken woman of 60, whose voice takes on a driving cadence when she speaks of her clients. “Homelessness is almost a byproduct of all the other things that happen in a person’s life.”
For more than a decade, Carlos Figueroa said, he did what he had to do — “work and steal and do whatever” — to feed the habit.
With the help of the Rescue Mission, Carlos Figueroa said, he’s clean and holding down a job at the Atlantic City Convention Center, setting up stages and other equipment. He’s preparing to move into a one-bedroom apartment in Ventnor he arranged through a network of co-workers. And he’s working to stay in the lives of his two young children, Carlitos and Tatiana.
Carl Lines, of Texas, works in the kitchen at Atlantic City Rescue Mission in Atlantic City.
Carlos Figueroa, left, of Hammonton, talks in August with Bill Southrey at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission
Women wait in line in their living quarter at Atlantic City Rescue Mission in Atlantic City.
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