August 11, 2021 – Mallard has only spent a week in the new apartment. She said she’s still getting accustomed to sleeping in her own bed.

NewsChannel5 viewers donated a TV and stand, and three Amazon gift cards. A man who wanted to remain anonymous also donated a washer and dryer. 

“I can go in there and make tea and take a shower and now sit on a couch,” said Mallard. “It’s kind of, I really didn’t think it would happen. A long time I was waiting for it. And then people supported me the whole way and then donations and everybody moving. It’s changed everything. It’s given me a whole other perspective on life.”

While she said she is happy for this new life and has plans to begin work and volunteering to help others, she said she still feels for the people out in the elements every day. 

Mallard lived in an encampment at Brookmeade Park for years. She said it was difficult and unpredictable in the camp. Though, there are many groups who try to help the people living there. Such as Lisa Wysocky of Colby’s Army. 

“They need housing, but to get there, they need their social security card, they need their ID, they need their birth certificate and there are barriers to getting those just because all of those offices are backed up,” said Wysocky.


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