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DAVENPORT, IA – A homeless roundtable was hosted at The Center in Davenport today about problems in the community.

Amongst the tables today were nonprofit organizations,  several state, county and city representatives, and also those who are or have combated homelessness in their life.  

A woman named Melissa “Missy” Adamson, was at the roundtable today. She and her husband were homeless for two years. They lived and out of their van and hotels -- both employed, but homeless.

Adamson says, “We were living in survival mode, doing whatever we could to make a buck – mowing lawns, cleaning gutters, hauling garbage.”

She says depression and mental health issues are a big problem in the homeless community. Adamson even admits that she had a problem herself. “I was depressed. I was suicidal. I tried to commit suicide several times. Luckily, somebody found me every time and took me to the hospital.”

The money Adamson and her husband were making part-time wasn’t enough to pay rent and bills, but they continued to search for a stable job. Adamson says, “We both ended up getting employed and now we have a place to live.”

Many out there are still homeless, finding it hard to combat poverty. So dozens gathered in Davenport today to talk about solutions for the issue.

Penny Kellenberger, Director at The Center, says “Our roundtables are meant to inspire our homeless friends to take their future into their own hands and empower them to make change from the bottom up.”

Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba was also there and he says the issue is not enough jobs available. He says, “The community is doing as much as we can, but we need to get people to work. That’s the real issue.” He says they need more resources from the federal level to provide jobs.

Adamson says people in the community gave her a safe place to heal her wound, including meal sites, food pantry’s and shelters. She attended today’s session to as part of her mission to pay it forward.

Adamson says, “Everything I’ve been through has led me to the point where I’m at to help others who are going through what I went through.”

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