"I was sleeping in the streets, in driveways, in abandoned houses, moving around from state to state," she said.
After overcoming life on the streets, she decided to pay it forward and came up with the idea of "public showers" in a meeting with community members in Morrisville.
"We were like, we need public showers and at first everybody was like I don't know, is that possible? Is it doable? Dawn pulled some strings and it looks like it's happening, so I'm just super excited," Delude said.
The select board met Monday night. And with plans already in place to install bathrooms in Oxbow Park, the United Way brought up the idea of also adding showers.
"I think it would have to be freestanding unless someone steps forward and says that, you know, have them come to our church or they can come to our business between these hours and these hours," said Dawn Archbold, the executive director of the United Way.
The showers would use codes for entry. A community member also offered to pick up the tab for some of the costs. United Way would pay for the electricity.
"Maybe the town could lease us the property for a dollar a year, which would relieve them of any reliability that might be associated with it," Archbold said.
WCAX News spoke with some residents out in the park and they found it hard to believe that there are about 130 homeless individuals and families in Lamoille County. Now, while they say it is an issue that needs to be addressed, they aren't sure if showers in the park is the best solution for the problem.
"I feel like it could be done, but I feel like all the right pieces need to be put in place for it not to be a waste of time," said Joshua Gadue, a Lamoille County resident.
"It's a good idea but I don't think it would be good for down here. There's too much that goes on down here, I mean you have community events, and you have kids that come down here and play with their families," said Levi Allen, who lives in Lamoille County.
But others say it's a step toward bringing the homeless back into the community.
"These people are going to live in your community whether you like it or not, so we should try to come together like Vermont has a way of doing and make it a happy place for people living here," Delude said.
For the United Way, it's about more than just easy access to a shower.
"Self-esteem-- that's probably the biggest thing. I can't imagine what it would be like to live on the street and not being able to have something as simple as a shower," Archbold said.
The idea is still in its planning phase, but the United Way says it's the first step to getting the homeless back on their feet.
The showers would only be available to homeless families and individuals in Lamoille County. The United Way says they will pick up the bill for construction once everything is approved and building begins.
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