The story of the homeless woman is a happy ending after being featured on TV

The story of the homeless woman is a happy ending after being featured on TV

“Hey Q Q!” Shirley Raines calls. Colorful flowers, potted plants and a “Home Sweet Home” sign adorn the entrance to Q’s house.

K, who is transgender and HIV positive, says in the episode that he felt vulnerable life in the main area of ​​Skid Row.

“This zone is so sweet to me,” Kay says. “It’s very safe for me.”

The rain is running Beauty 2 The Streets, Providing non-profit haircut, makeover and food to Skid Row residents. He has been helping to take care of Q for the past four years.

Raines says the main part of the skit row may be “very regional”, which is why some blocks of gay and other members of the gay and transgender live far away.

“If you can’t protect yourself, you shouldn’t go to Rowe,” Raines says. “You stay right here.”

Despite the challenges he faces, Kay maintains a positive outlook.

“I love life. I love the scent of nature, the flowers and the plants,” he says. “This is a world too. We don’t have the luxury things they have downstairs, but we are human beings just like them.”

Two weeks after the episode “United Shades of America” ​​aired on CNN, Raines revealed some happy news about his friend: Q’s family found him on the show and brought him home.

“He’s back home and is doing well,” Raines told CNN this week.

Raines said Cue has been looking after his family for 26 years and although the homeless men and women he worked with have taken to the streets, very few have reunited with their relatives.

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“She sleeps in a bed, eats at a table, and lives a life worthy of everyone,” Raines said. “She’s written ‘miracle’ all over.”

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Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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