Our first interview took us to Colleen’s house in a quiet Warner Robins neighborhood, not far from the Air Force base. Due to some difficult family and work circumstances, Colleen will soon have to leave that house for good. She will then become a resident of the Genesis JOY House, a place for homeless female veterans.

“The things you do when you have PTSD, they don’t make sense to the outside world. But they make sense to me.”

Colleen shared of past events that left her with scars the outside world could not see, but with symptoms it could not ignore.

“I was sitting in the restaurant just crying because I could not eat, and I didn’t understand why.”

From there, we returned to the Genesis JOY House work site. Crews are renovating some buildings, and they are repairing another after a fire left a charred mess in its wake.

We embarked on a road trip around town with the GJH director, Margaret. But this wasn’t to see the fine sights Warner Robins had to offer. This was something different.

“Sometimes, when you drive down this street at night, it just looks like a bunch of zombies walking around. It’s really sad.”

Our first stop took us to this field, riddled with debris. It’s the place many of the city’s homeless people go to lay their heads at night. It’s also the place where they find things other people have discarded, in the hopes of selling it for a few bucks. Margaret often comes by here, looking for people who want her help. Everything was filthy, there was broken glass and other hazards everywhere. I stood for a few moments taking it all in. This is what some people have to look forward to at the end of each day.