Andrade-Smith said that her most poignant observation about homelessness is the “sense of pain, separation, loneliness.”
She said that she’s personally felt exhaustion from living on the streets for the past year.
“I will never be homeless per se — I have my church, I have my title ‘reverend,’ I have my family,” she said. “I have all this privilege that will prevent me from understanding fully, but I am trying my best.”
Andrade-Smith said that her bishop and people across the country have been very supportive, and that she would like to have her job assignment renewed.
“I’ve gotten lots of food gift cards — I don’t accept money — which allow me to share with people on the street and share stories, because everyone has one,” she said.