Katie Clancy is a writer and a dancer who lives in Manhattan.
Playing Bingo in PurgatoryBy Katie Clancy
Janice, 47, waits on a red benchbody bundled under a camel-hair coat, green purse clutched in her lap. Her eyes are glassy, but expectant, as if shes ready for someone to arrive any minute and carry her out of the stuffy, windowless auditorium. From the look of her neatly pinned headscarf, one would never guess she has been waiting here, at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Womens Mental Health Shelter, for almost three years.