Woman who emerged from homelessness helping others do the same

June 23, 2016 06:29 PM

SCHENECTADY - Our deepest hurts sometimes give birth to amazing things. That’s the case of a Schenectady woman who went through some of her hardest years of her life, only to emerge and help people going through what she did.

“I would go in the bathroom put down a towel and pray and say, ‘God, I know there is something out there for us,’” admitted Sherain Rivera.

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The year 2014 was a nightmare for Rivera. She was praying for a place to stay after she and her husband split up.

“I didn't want to go in to the shelter but I had to swallow my pride. I had six children,” noted Rivera.

They finally got out of the shelter but life was still very hard, especially for the kids. 

“We stayed at the Days Inn for almost a year,” recalled Rivera.

No one would rent to her. They said she had too many kids. Finally, she heard a “yes.”

“I just kept hearing a “no-no-no” for a year and finally a “yes!” I was so overwhelmed,” she admitted.

When she finally found a place to stay, she did something quite remarkable. She started thinking about all the people she met in the shelter and their need for the essentials like toiletries and clothing, so she started a non-profit just for them.

It’s called “Raindrops Closet for Homeless Families.” It's located inside the Emmanuel-Friedens Church in Schenectady.

Along with providing items for those without a place to stay or those transitioning into a home, Rivera hopes she's reminding people that homelessness could happen to anyone.

“I don't want people to look at homeless people like, ‘This is where they want to be,’” noted Rivera.

More information:

Raindrops Closet for Homeless Families



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