Hello Pittsburgh and the rest of the world. It's a pleasure to meet yinz! My name is Gillian and I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pa. I've decided to run for the Light of Life because I want to help erase the stigma of what it means to be homeless by sharing my own personal experience.
My story and journey begin back in high school where I dedicated coutnless hours vounteering for various organizations. I have always been inspired by those who do not let unforseen circumstances stop them from persuing their dreams. To have the courage to rise above the negative is a quality that many overlook and I wanted to be a voice for those who feel left behind or misunderstood. In 2003, I enlisted in the Air Force and served 8 honorable years. In late 2014, I quickly found myself in an unforseen circumstance; I was homeless.
When most of us see a homeless person or someone in need, we are so quick to cast judgement without knowing HOW someone became homeless. It's easy to shout out "Get a job", but it's not as easy as it sounds. In the 3 years I was homeless, I've reached my hand out to countless organizations to help me get back on my feet. Today, I am priviliged to say I am housed, and will graduate college with a degree in Psychology. Organizations like Light of Life offer comfort, inspiration, and hope for a bigger and brighter future. They help people find their way back to themselves. They help people find what makes them smile again. They help people find what makes them feel good and to return back to society as the best versions of themselves.
I chose to represent Light of Life in gratitude for all that I have received. To say thank you for helping me remember what my strengths are so that I may go out and be of service to others. Won't you join me?
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