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Job workshop gives homeless a leg up

By Sarah Zoellick / szoellick@staradvertiser.com

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 07, 2012

~~<p>Joy Kodama never imagined she would be homeless. But after moving from Hilo two years ago to seek medical attention for her daughter, she said, the two of them became buried by medical debts and found themselves living on the street.</p>
<p>&quot;I had a home and a business,&quot; Kodama said Saturday. &quot;I'm a licensed massage therapist. It's been difficult because, you know, when you live out on the streets you lose a lot of yourself. You have to learn to live without the things that you've been used to living with all your life and just make do<em> </em>with what is there for you.&quot;</p>
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Joy Kodama never imagined she would be homeless. But after moving from Hilo two years ago to seek medical attention for her daughter, she said, the two of them became buried by medical debts and found themselves living on the street.

"I had a home and a business," Kodama said Saturday. "I'm a licensed massage therapist. It's been difficult because, you know, when you live out on the streets you lose a lot of yourself. You have to learn to live without the things that you've been used to living with all your life and just make do with what is there for you." Login for more...



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