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Marvene Edwards tested positive for HIV in 1987. The 31-year-old mother of four was beaten, raped and shot in the head after walking home alone one night. She lived a life of drug and alcohol abuse for nearly a decade, but today she’s giving back to others with HIV/AIDS in the community.
Alex Brown, a U.S. Army veteran, found himself homeless in Gainesville and ineligible for various resources due to a lack of photo identification. Missing required documents and high cost of state-issued IDs can be hinderances for disadvantaged individuals, though local organizations have created programs to address the issue.
Due to cold weather, St. Francis House opens its doors for extra individuals to sleep inside. St. Francis, which houses families and children, requires individuals to have a “blue card,” which lists whether the person has any outstanding arrest warrants or is a sex offender.
Gainesville’s homeless must present a blue card issued by the Gainesville Police Department to prove they are free of arrest warrants and are not registered sexual offenders or predators.
Expecting a weekend cold snap, Gainesville homeless shelters like St. Francis House and Grace Marketplace are asking for donations to prepare for a surge of homeless people looking to stay warm.
Gainesville’s homeless prepare for the cold, and local shelters are ready to provide additional help.
As temperatures drop in North Central Florida, Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry advises the community not to drop donations downtown, but rather bring them to the shelters accepting donations.
Several chilly nights across North Central Florida have come as a surprise for late March. At the St. Francis House in Gainesville, staff and volunteers are working to ensure that those who can’t always get out of the cold have a place to go.
The new pope has some students excited at the St. Francis High School. WUFT’s Nickelle Smith visited the school to gauge reaction to the election of the new head of the Catholic church.