"The longer you are homeless, the more you isolate," Hamza said. "The more you isolate, the less you trust people."
Hamza had an idea. She offered Peggy and Herbie work.
Peggy and Herbie's job entailed creating a large banner for Hamza's organization, for which she paid them $10 an hour and provided the products they needed.
The couple worked every day. "It was very therapeutic and it served them well emotionally and financially," Hamza said. "It made their days brighter knowing they had money coming in and that they were doing something productive."
While the couple worked for Hamza for about a year off and on doing odd jobs, they were learning about responsibility. "When you're feeling productive it will make your self-esteem jump way up," she said.