Mary Baldwin College is working to improve the Valley's homeless situation. The college held a panel Tuesday night as part of Homelessness Awareness Week.
Two formerly homeless women shared their stories about how they overcame their hardships through the help of friends, family, and personal hard work.
Valley Mission Residential Manager, Beverly Robinson, also used to be homeless and she warned against stereotyping homeless people.
She says, "You can't tell if a person is homeless just because they're not laying on the street. You work beside homeless people. We have a lot of people that have a good jobs working even today, and they come back to the shelter."
Three and a half million people in the United States are likely to experience homelessness this year.