From homeless to hopeful, how some have overcome adversity in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. — This week is Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week and one way to bring awareness is to celebrate those who have battled and overcome these difficulties.

Homelessness and hunger have stolen vitality from countless Rapid City residents. Life never goes the way we expect it to and for some, the trials can knock us down a little harder.

However, many are able to find the help they need to get back on the right track. After Camille Livermont encountered a few bumps on her path, she began staying at Cornerstone Women’s and Children’s Shelter.

Homeless, Not HopelessShe applies for jobs daily and was at an interview for one prior to speaking with NewsCenter1.

“I want to be with the company for as many years as I can,” she says. “Hopefully move forward to a manager or supervisor, you know, and be very successful in life.”

She’s also on her way to finding new housing in addition to the job hunt. 

“I called housing today and I put out the application and so I’m now on the waiting list. So hopefully it’s not too long before I get back up on my feet,” Camille expressed. 

So much focus is placed on the problems of homelessness and hunger, but what happens once those who struggle find success? Vaughn Brandis, who is also staying at Cornerstone, overcame addiction and has already landed a couple of jobs.

“I didn’t think I would be in this position, but I’m glad I am,” he says. “It just feels a lot better.”

He expressed what it felt like when he was able to find work again.

“It was a motivation booster, that’s for sure. I just felt a sense of relief,” Vaugh explained.

Vaughn wants people to remember not to give up, because tomorrow could be the day where things begin to turn around for the better.

“Just keep your head up. Work is out there and you’ll find yourself.” Vaughn expressed.

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