Diana Sandler offers a friendly smile and conversation to anyone who visits the Homeless Coalition’s administration offices. She says volunteering at the Homeless Coalition is her way of providing hope to those who are experiencing homelessness. Homelessness is something the 63 year old has experienced firsthand.
When Diana’s husband passed away in 1998, her resulting depression and anxiety caused her to lose her job. She suffered a stroke and had to be hospitalized. The combination of events left Diana homeless. She moved into a shelter in Broward County.
After two years, with the support of friends and family, Diana was able to leave the shelter. She got help to apply for disability and now has her own apartment in Boca Raton. Diana says she was lucky to be given a second chance and believes others who are experiencing homelessness simply need an opportunity.
Diana says all her experiences have made her stronger. She wants others to know there is hope, regardless of what challenges you face.