A Stroll Through Downtown Missoula

by William Skink

As I was walking around downtown yesterday I had a couple of experiences that made me feel like I was back working at the shelter.

First, I ran into the parking meter lady I used to chat with when I was looking for a particular client downtown. She told me she tried calling the HOT line the previous day, and even asked if I was still around. Four years after leaving my position, it’s nice to know some people still remember the work I did.

A few blocks after that conversation I started to hear yelling. As I got closer I could see a heavy-set woman sitting on a sidewalk screaming. She appeared to be in her 30’s and was very agitated.

I asked the woman if she needed help. She yelled that someone needed to get her food. I told her about the Poverello Center and she said she had been kicked out. I asked her how long she has been in town. She said 3 weeks. I asked how she got here and she said she drove and was staying at the motel. I told her about other food services and she said NO, SOMEONE NEEDS TO BUY ME FOOD RIGHT NOW!

When I asked if she got a check at the beginning of the month she got more agitated and started calling me Isaac. Since this isn’t my job anymore, I decided to keep walking and let someone else deal with this woman.

While I was attempting to assess this woman’s need, a former client recognized me and said hello. He was looking much healthier and was with his family. It was a nice reminder that people do get help and sometimes they even get better and reintegrate as functioning members of society.

I would like to write more, but WordPress has some new format that I’m not familiar with, so I’m going to l leave it here for now before I accidentally erase another post.

Have a great weekend!

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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2 Responses to A Stroll Through Downtown Missoula

  1. Go to My Sites (upper left) and click there, drop to bottom and WP Admin and then Posts and Add New, and the old writing format is still available there and will be until 2022, I am told.

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