Retired and Struggling
Joanne, a Michigan native, says she’s been living in Reno for 40 years now, but that recently mounting bills, and problems with family she was living with led her onto the streets. She is trying to secure some senior housing, but in the meantime she said she avoids the main shelter.
“I just don't care to be around a lot of people, you know, I just don't,” she said.
She says she used to work at the local newspaper, putting inserts in, until she retired a few years ago.
An avid reader, she says she goes to the SPCA of Northern Nevada, and finds books for a dollar.
Hoping for Her Place to Help Others
She says she thinks she’ll be able to get a place soon, and that once she does she’ll put it to good use, to help others.
“Once I get myself together and get a place, I can start cooking in there,” she said. “Like I'm gonna make my homemade spaghetti and put it in containers and bring them down and pass them over.”
She has her eye on the Carriage Stone Senior Apartments, which she says she can get for $450 a month, if she gets the smallest room there.
Missing Warmer Temperature
She says winter this year has been rough and she misses the warmer temperatures, when she sits outside all day.
“In the summer here at the Truckee River, the birds come out, the geese come out, the ducks come out and you can watch them. Sometimes you see people out there fishing and sometimes you see them riding …down the river.”
“Do what you want to do, go forward … try and better yourself,” she said as we concluded our interview.