Unsung Champions Keep Folks Alive; and 5 Things to Know About Family Homelessness

Diane Nilan
6 min readDec 31, 2020
the shelter with a child’s bike in front
Hospitality House in Boone, NC serves families and single adults. Photo Diane Nilan

A handful of folks sat under the overhang near the front door of this, one of western North Carolina’s few homeless shelters. Each offered me a friendly greeting. Signs on the locked front doors warned masks were required and outlined stringent safety procedures. Staff admitted me, accepted my small bag of what I knew to be helpful donations, and went…

Diane Nilan

Founder/pres. HEAR US Inc., gives voice & visibility to homeless families & youth, ran shelters, advocate, filmmaker, author, 18 yrs. on US backroads. hearus.us