Woman Homeless – A surviver : Shirley’s story

Article by George Orlney

“I first came to England out 10 years ago to learn English. I only meant to stay for eleven months, but I became a journalist for a Brazilian newspaper from 2010-2014, and I was also singing, and teaching children on Saturday mornings. I loved London. Even the weather.

I never expected to be homeless. I was living a normal life. I was so happy with working at the newspaper, singing and teaching. I was also starting a full-time business studies course and serving at my church. But suddenly, I had a difficult situation with my family and my church which is hard to explain, and afterwards I became very depressed and lost touch with people. I had nowhere to go. I lost the desire to live, to work, to study. I went to the doctor who put me in touch with social services. They found place in a hostel for women only, but there were so many people with such serious problems. I couldn’t believe I was there. In the same year, March 2016 my father died in Brazil and I never got the opportunity to speak to him beforehand.


READ MORE: https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/everybody-in/bulletins/shirleys-story/


A speech at Southwark Catedral, Dec 2018.
Performer Volunteer & Ambassador of Crisis Christmas, Dec 2018.











Cover of 1st Cd Light in the darkness. Oct, 2018. Photo Bia Bragu
From homeless woman to business woman. This T-shirt is one of many designers, Shirley created in the middle of hardest moment her life: Love never fails. Photo by Jeff Hubbard
Shirley Smith
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