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Worried about a friend I have this friend who is homeless

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worried about a friend
I have this friend who is homeless and lives in her car. Up until last Tuesday we had talked everyday for a week. Then, suddenly, she stopped responding to my phone calls and didn't show up to a Bible study she said she'd be at. I'm worried about her. What can I do?
Hello, I’d like to help you with your question.

It sounds like your friend either might have had something come up or she had trouble of some kind. Either way, if she is not showing up to something she is said she would be at and she typically doesn’t miss, then there may be a reason to be concerned.

Since she is homeless, it is more difficult to track her. And if she suffers from any type of mental illness, then it can be even harder. People who have a mental illness often experience times of clarity then fall into a pattern of self destructive behavior. So she could be struggling right now to find her way back to feeling better.

You may want to start at the local shelters. She may have been able to get into one and be staying there. Also, you can talk to the local hospitals and the police. Let them know you are concerned. And if you have a picture of her, then that is even better.

Homeless shelter staff are trained to know how to help as is local community mental health. You may want to focus a search with those groups so you can help your friend in the most effective way.

I hope this has helped you,
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

thanks. I've called the non-emergency police and the local jail looking for her, without success so far. I'll look into homeless shelters, too.

You're welcome. I hope you are able to find her. It is very worrisome when someone disappears. However, it is usually something minor and they turn up just fine.


Customer: replied 4 years ago.

thanks for putting my mind at ease

Take care and if I can help in any other way, let me know.


Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I will

Another suggestion may be to try to the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. Both have programs for the homeless and may be able to offer you resources in your own area that can help.


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