Homeless people live in an acute state of loss and deprivation. They are vulnerable to many dangers. And the road back to finding permanent shelter is expensive and riddled with bureaucratic obstacles. These grim realities are softened by the hopeful, tender version of life found in the novella Homeless. Author Elsie Knoke tells the story of Myrtle and her friend Gladys. These two homeless friends work to survive hunger and the impending winter. Both are saved when a kind man opens his home to them, a home he already shares with two other formerly homeless men. Myrtle’s sadness is replaced by gratitude as she relearns the meaning of belonging. Co-narrators Beverly Bremers and Tim Simmons bring Myrtle and her rescuer to life with sensitivity.
Myrtle is still learning the ropes as a homeless person with the help of her new friend, Gladys. They barely manage to find enough to eat, and their odds of surviving the winter are not good - until they unexpectedly meet someone who offers a ray of hope. When he invites Myrtle and her friend into his home, where he lives with two other formerly homeless men, Myrtle begins discovering the words “home” and “family” can have many different meanings.