Minerva's Breakdown 

Advice for those on the verge

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Dear Minerva,

I am a well known gay male in Boise. I seem to have tons of friends. Recently, I have become homeless and have been working hard to overcome this. I have a full-time job and work what seems 24/7. I recently became single and basically lost everything. I was wondering how I should tell my friends I may need help. I'm afraid of how it may come across and worried that I may lose friends. I don't want people to judge me. How should I let them know this is the reason I can't hang out or invite them over?

—Roofless in Boise

Dear Roofless,

Confide in your closest, most trusted friends and tell them you need help. If you lose friends, then they weren't really your friends to begin with, but at least give them the chance to step up to the plate. Don't let the closed-mindedness of others stop you—we are all being judged all the time, and all of that judgment amounts to a whole lot of nothing. It's not only difficult to be homeless in Boise, it's a very misunderstood issue. There is definitely a stigma to being homeless, but take advantage of what resources are available and put your pride to the side. We all need help at one time or another. There is no shame in working toward a better life and, although this is difficult, your character and strength are built on the problems you solve.

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