Hopeful Through Struggles

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Mount Pleasant resident Victoria Owens takes a smoke break outside the Isabella County Restoration Home Intake Center at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Michigan on November 21, 2016.

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Mount Pleasant resident Victoria Owens plays rummy with a friend from the Isabella County Restoration Home Jenn (who wished to not have her last name used) at the Isabella County Soup Kitchen on November 16, 2016. Victoria enjoys playing cards because it reminds her of her childhood. 

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Mount Pleasant resident Victoria Owens eats bean soup provided for lunch at the Isabella County Soup Kitchen on November 30, 2016.

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Mount Pleasant resident Victoria Owens (left) and her Art 110 Professor, Lisa Doke, talk about the certain paintbrushes they will be using in class that day the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College in Mount Pleasant, Mich on November 22, 2016.

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Mount Pleasant resident Victoria Owens and volunteer Kierra Wright of West Bloomfield laugh together while playing cards at Intake for the Isabella County Restoration Home on November 28, 2016. Despite all odds. Victoria always smiles.

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Victoria Owens along with other guests of the Isabella County Restoration Home take a smoke break together outside the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Michigan while Intake is held on November 21, 2016.

 

There is something to be said about people who constantly look on the bright side of any situation. Victoria Owens of Mount Pleasant was raised in Shepheard and had spent her life in and out of the poverty line. Victoria has a story that shows triumph and positivity. When Victoria was young she was brought into the Soup Kitchen with her Aunt and she always covered her face, but her Aunt told her to let the other people there see her face and allow them to get to know her. This proved to be a valuable lesson because when Victoria then experienced troubles of her own and returned to the Isabella County Soup Kitchen, other residents remembered her and she had a community to fall back on. She states that she made it her mission to help other people find support in her when they are in this tough time.

“It’s not ideal, but it’s what we got,” said Victoria.

Currently, Victoria is staying with the Isabella County Restoration Home, which changes its location from church to church weekly. Previously Victoria and her husband rented a room in a house but ran into trouble with the landlord, who had a hatred towards women. Then, her husband lost his job and moved up north to live with family and look for work while Victoria stayed in Mount Pleasant to finish out her semester at the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College. It was a quick change in their lives and the separation made it difficult. Victoria only was able to contact her husband through her phone when she was connected to WiFi, but when she lost her phone in late November that became only through the computers at h library in Downtown Mount Pleasant. As of November 21, Victoria’s husband received a new job and is sending money down to Victoria to help her through the month of December, where she is to stay in Mount Pleasant till after finals before reuniting up north.

There are stories all around us and people have histories that are meant to be shared. Victoria is one of those inspiring people, who demonstrate that despite all odds she is hopeful through her struggles.

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