Creative Loafingâs countdown of Atlantaâs 11 Least Influential People is a tribute to women and men everywhere struggling to meet the challenges of life in a modern American city.
(photo by Joeff Davis)
The 33-year-old says her children and their father moved while she was out of town and did not leave any contact information. âMy family always took care of me. Now I canât get in touch with them,â she says. âI went to the police department and they said go to a shelter and give them your name. I went, but they said they couldnât find them.â
The rest of the circumstances that led to Butlerâs homelessness are less than clear. She wonât say where she was or what she was doing when her family left. And when asked if she has a substance-abuse problem, she paused and her first answer was a hesitant âNo, not really.â
Whatâs clear, however, is that Butler needs help, from her family, from a friend or from a social worker. And until that happens, she needs help from passers-by.
She needs food. She needs money to buy food. But asking for money for food in parts of downtown Atlanta is a punishable offense, punishable by up to one month in jail, because the city passed an anti-begging ordinance in 2005.
âYou can still get a dollar,â she says, but itâs harder since the ordinance. âPeople wanna call the police on you.â
Visit Fresh Loaf Monday morning for No. 8 on our countdown of Atlantaâs 11 Least Influential People.
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