On weekdays, the shelter staff wakes us up at 6:00 AM. On weekends and holidays, it’s 7:00 AM, and oh, the luxury of sleeping in! Assuming, of course, that none of the day clients — folks who come in to take showers and/or eat breakfast/lunch and/or just hang out — show up early and get into loud arguments at 5:30, which happens more often than any of the residents would like.
I get it that the fact I’m a resident makes me more privileged, as a homeless person, than someone who’s sleeping in a vehicle or on a blanket in a park or wherever, and I should be glad for the bed regardless of how long I actually get to sleep. But getting awakened by loud, nasty voices hurling profanities and insults? I doubt that’s anyone’s cup of tea.
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