Leonard, Carrie

Leonard, Carrie
Leonard, Carrie, 1967- , interviewee; Mohatt, Jamie, interviewer; Herman, Kelly, interviewer;
Date Recorded:
March 2, 2014
Date digitized:
March 2, 2014
Length of interview:
57 minutes, 19 seconds

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, efforts to establish an all-woman’s day center, and the sense of community/unity among Boulder’s homeless population. Other points of discussion include: circumstances that bring a person to being homeless; safety concerns; “likes” and “dislikes” from her perspective; differences and distinctions between people who are homeless versus transient; prejudice toward homeless and/or transient; and the frustration of being branded or mislabeled. Carrie also demonstrates a positive outlook, talking about self pride, appreciation of simple things, creating fun, and her picture of a future that includes a house.

Homelessness Colorado Boulder
Homeless persons Colorado Boulder
Shelters for the homeless Colorado Boulder
Original Format:
digital audio
This interview is part of a series with individuals who are or have been homeless in Boulder.
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