British Jodie Gascoigne was a coke-taking, homeless no-hoper walking the streets whose life changed when she saw a girl marketing leaflets and was inspired by that simple event to change her life for the better. “One morning I saw a girl my age dashing around town holding a clipboard and looking like a real go-getter. At that moment I wanted to be her.” Jodie then sent hundreds of handwritten adverts offering her services as a cleaner in her local area and then her life took a turn for the better.
Abandoned as a child, Jodie used to live on the streets. With no job, no home, almost no food and nearing despair, she took to drugs and used to hide her cocaine during police raids in her daughter’s diapers. Now Jodie, 27, is a director of a successful business employing 25 people and a loving mother of two children – a living example of how one’s life out of nothing. Her Northamptonshire-based business, Maid2Shine, is a cleaning agency which covers Daventry, Northampton, Banbury, Towcester, Brackley, Kiddlington and the surrounding areas.
According to recent studies by American researchers, the majority of the homeless are families (including single women) with children. Unlike men, women tend to end up on the streets because of domestic abuse and family splits-up. However, a number of former homeless people‘s rags to riches stories probably do indicate that probably the main reason for joining the underclass is the lack of a goal in one’s life which means that it is never late for a new start.
Celebrities like Arnold Arnold Schwarzenegger, Silvester Stallone, Oprah Winfrey and many others are good examples of what can be achieved when you have a goal in life.
Are you/ have you ever been in a really tight personal, or financial situation and got over it? Are you homeless and need help to ‘pick yourself up’? Let us have your story…