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"I've got my wife and that's really all I need" Meet Staff Sergeant Shane Cullens of the United States Marine Corps Special Forces. Shane has spent six years on the streets battling mental health and homelessness but swears he has everything he could ever need - in his wife of 28 years , Raven. They've stuck it out through everything from prison, the loss of their children, to their current battle with cancer. They hope to get off the streets very soon and head out west to Nevada to live out the rest of their lives together. #okc #okchomeless #oklahomacity #oklahoma #homeless #homelesslivesmatter #homelessness
Charlotte has been homeless for 2 years and has recently gotten into a shelter. Charlotte talks with us about her mental health struggles in the streets as well as those on the streets that are not receiving the proper health care for their mental illness. Charlotte is passionate about finding help for those who can’t help themselves and hopes to see a solution where mental health is amongst those on the streets is taken seriously.. 3 weeks previous to speaking with us Charlotte says she was unmedicated and couldn't carry on a conversation. After receiving medication and some self reflection she is coming to terms with her own mental health and struggles with addiction. #okc #okchomeless #oklahomacity #oklahoma #homeless #homelesslivesmatter #homelessness
Charles has been homeless a few times throughout his life. He has been on the streets for the last year and a half after deciding the streets were better than his living arrangements with his nephew. Charles talked with us about what it's like in a wheelchair and the process of receiving medical care on the streets. #okc #okchomeless #oklahomacity #oklahoma #homeless #homelesslivesmatter #homelessness
Iceman has been living on the street for 2 years. He is only 22 years old. while on the streets both of his children passed away. He talked with us about making mistakes and going to jail, as well as his experience with gang violence and drug abuse on the streets. #okc #okchomeless #oklahomacity #oklahoma #homeless #homelesslivesmatter #homelessness
Domino has been homeless in OKC following a relapse that cost him his job and ultimately stranded him here. Domino has struggled off and on with addiction to crack since the 1990s. Drugs are common within the community, often used as a momentary escape from their tough reality but Domino speaks highly of the programs and facilities offered in Oklahoma and is very hopeful to finally get clean and reconnect with his family. #okc #okchomeless #oklahomacity #oklahoma #homeless #homelesslivesmatter #homelessness
Austin has dealt with seizures since he was 4 or 5 years old. After moving to Oklahoma City he suffered a seizure while walking down the sidewalk. He wandered into the road and was the victim of a hit and run. He was dead for some time but was brought back for a second chance at life. Austin talks with us about the struggles of living on the streets with a severe medical condition and the difficulties with getting medication.
Frank represents a population of the houseless community that is often overlooked. After Frank left prison in 2011 he attempted to buy back his old house and was unsuccessful. Frank stayed with friends until he was able to find a van to live in. Frank lives in his van which he parks at a storage facility. At night, Frank leaves the storage facility and finds a parking lot to spend the night. In the last few years, van living has become a trendy lifestyle for those with the resources to renovate and live in camper vans, but for many living in a vehicle is their only option. Frank discusses his struggles after prison, making money, and his plans for the future. #okc #okchomeless #oklahomacity #oklahoma #homeless #homelesslivesmatter #homelessness #vanlife
Stacy is very smart and easy to talk to. She has been on the streets of OKC for 2 years. She was kicked out of her home for marijuana use and had her children taken by her mother. She discussed with us the complexities of drug use amongst the homeless community and her hopes to one day to start a nonprofit that provides mental health resources for those living on the streets.