The RecTech Youth Media Interns at Delridge Community Center are working this fall on creating a multi-media blog based on our West Seattle community.  Youth Media Intern Ty Brown was impressed by the volunteer work one of her classmates did to help a homeless woman, so wrote the article below for our blog.

by Tytiana Brown

A local West Seattle High Schooler, Sarah Rosenthal, has accomplished something amazing. She helped save the life of a woman who had to make the hardest decision of her life: pay her daughter’s college tuition, or pay her rent. The woman, Elizabeth Jay, moved into her van as soon as her daughter moved into her dorm room.  Most of the little money she makes from her part-time job goes to help her daughter through college.

I interviewed Rosenthal to ask how she felt about Elizabeth Jay’s situation. “It made me realize how much we take for granted. I have my own room, not everybody has their own room, I have a bathroom, Elizabeth Jay doesn’t have a bathroom, she has to park her van near 24 hour Grocery stores.”

Elizabeth Jay has been homeless for 2 years. “It gave me a lot of perspective on homeless people in general,” Rosenthal said. “Not all homeless people are scruffy and dirty and sleeping under a bridge in sleeping bags, that’s not necessarily what homelessness is all the time. Elizabeth is a very, very clean person, she looks just like you and me, you wouldn’t be able to pick her out in a room full of people, you wouldn’t be able to tell that she was homeless.”

Sarah recently found a way to help Elizabeth. With the power of her internship at KUOW radio, and the story she did on Elizabeth, she was able to find Elizabeth a room in a home for free for as long as she needed.

Sarah recently created a website so anyone can donate money to Elizabeth to help her through her struggles.

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