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Women grateful for agency’s help during the holidays

Posted on: 11:46 am, December 21, 2013, by

Patsy McClure and another resident of Experiment in Self-Reliance started a support group called Home Alone which is designed for people who have moved out of homeless shelters and into apartments around the city. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

Patsy McClure and another resident of Experiment in Self-Reliance started a support group called Home Alone which is designed for people who have moved out of homeless shelters and into apartments around the city. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Patsy McClure is happy to have a roof over her head.

McClure, 54, is living in an apartment off Fifth Street, part of a temporary housing program sponsored by the Experiment in Self Reliance Inc.

“I was homeless for a long time,” McClure said Thursday. “I did a lot couch surfing — sleeping on couches — living with other people.”

In August 2010, she moved into a domestic-violence protective shelter. McClure, who is separated from her husband, stayed there for three months before she moved into the Bethesda Center for the Homeless.

She moved into ESR apartment in February 2012.

McClure said she takes an ESR class to learn how to budget her money and she works as a volunteer at client-advisory meetings at the Bethesda Center.

McClure and another resident at the Fifth Street apartment complex started a support group called Home Alone, which is designed for people who have moved out of homeless shelters into apartments around the city. The program allows its attendees to “blow off steam” as they struggle to cope with life’s challenges.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal