When I first met Karen Foster, she came to my office with two other residents from the Jonquil Hotel. They had come to introduce themselves and share with me some of the concerns they were having with living at the Jonquil Hotel. Karen was calm in her demeanor and very thoughtful over of every word that came out of her mouth. She was the last to speak as she gave the other residents respect by letting them talk first. Karen was mostly there to provide support for the other two.
The second time I met Karen, again she came to my office with two other residents. Actually one was a former resident. This time Karen came as an advocate and a spokesperson. She was trying to assist a friend who needed a place to stay and help explain her past history.