Homeless Women Find ‘sisterhood' in New Austin Street Center Program

Frances Martinez crossed the group circle and, like a big sister, wrapped her arms around a crying woman's shoulders. As the woman sobbed into a tissue, hiding her face with her hands, Martinez rubbed her back and whispered encouragement. "We're here. We're united," said Martinez, 64."We're sisters."Though they treat each other as family, biologically this group of women that finds shelter each night at the Austin Street Center isn't related.They are young and old. Some are black, others white, a few are Hispanic.Yet, bound by similar life experiences, they call themselves "the sisterhood."  Continue reading...

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