The number can stop you in your tracks. 122. It’s six hours before darkness and you’re number 122 on the list to get into the Salvation Army’s emergency women’s shelter. You’re homeless, and you’ve just made a break from your abuser. With the kindness of strangers, a phone, and a safe room you find hope.
And then you find out you’re number 122, and that was the one place that actually put you on a list. The other calls to shelters yielded only apologies.