Collection: Homelessness

Brunetti, Gerard E. – OH1941
Interview Date: 9 March, 2014

Gerard Brunetti talks about his lifestyle and living situation as a vagabond musician and inventor. He explains the distinction that he makes between being a vagabond and being homeless. He describes hitchhiking across country, talks about Charles Mingus as an … Continue reading

Brunetti, Gerard E. – OH1942
Interview Date: March 9, 2014

This video recording is a continuation of the audio recording (OH 1941) with the same narrator. In this recording he talks about a musical notation system and a musical instrument that he has developed, showing a drawing of the instrument. … Continue reading

Cadieux, Bob – OH1283
Interview Date: 2004

Places: Boulder   Subjects: childhood, family relationships, drug culture, work as a cook and chef, adult relationships, car accident resulting in head injury, psychological challenges, Boulder in the 1970s and in 2005, Boulder Homeless Shelter, sense of community in Boulder. … Continue reading

Fanshier, Elizabeth – OH1948
Interview Date: March 30, 2014

Elizabeth Fanshier speaks candidly and movingly about her life circumstances, including: being abandoned by her mother at the age of six, being raised by a sister, serving in the Navy until an injury sidelined her, being imprisoned for five years … Continue reading

Gruen, E. Robert – OH0321
Interview Date: 1986

People: E. Robert Gruen, Timpkin family.   Places: Boulder.   Subjects: Valley Road School; railroad yards; holidays; Great Depression: C.C.C. (Civilian Conservation Corps), N.R.A. (National Recovery Act); the Hill; dances; hobos; hippies; natural disasters; gas station.  

Harms, Greg – OH1211
Interview Date: 2004

Greg Harms, born in Kansas in 1961 and educated at Kansas State University and Harvard Business School, has been the director of the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless since 2002. In this interview he gives an overview of the shelter’s … Continue reading

Harrison, Merwin Jay – OH0880
Interview Date: 1996

People: J. K. Mullen; Ray McKee   Places: Broomfield, CO   Subjects:Broomfield School; Lorraine School; Crescent Grange; grain elevators; Colorado Milling and Elevator Company; living all year in a tent; school, games, teacher, classmates; holidays — Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas; … Continue reading

Heusman, Jeanette – OH0570
Interview Date: 1991

People: Jeannette Heusman.   Places: Boulder, Peaceful Valley.   Subjects: Boulder Shelter for the Homeless; Community Food Share; Community United Church of Christ; hippies, shelters for the homeless, University of Colorado.  

Homner, Michael – oh1845
Interview Date: April 24, 2013

Mike Homner came from a middle class family and held various jobs before becoming homeless. He was homeless for five years, but at the time of this oral history he had acquired housing.  He identifies the main causes of homelessness … Continue reading

Leonard, Carrie – OH1930
Interview Date: March 2, 2014

Carrie Leonard talks about the experience of being homeless. She describes her arrival in Boulder from Longmont, circa 2002, along with her two children. She describes how a typical day starts at the shelter, positive activities that occupy her time, … Continue reading

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