I'm barely out of bed. The sun is shining and the day is beautiful. Or at least for most.
I already have two messages from youth seeking shelter and safety. A total of three people need a place to stay.
I made referrals to the resources that are available. Discussed the need for safety planning and the options.
I have plans for today with friends, plans that involved making a commitment. Plans that support my self care and time with partner. Yet, I'm in the car on route, wondering about these folks and their well-being. Struggling with the reality that I can't help more at the moment.
Crisis isn't ever convenient. And we require more resources to respond to them.
I will touch base with them later to see if they connected to the supports I referred them to with any success.
I recognize people are incredibly resilient and yet, should we have to be? Should resiliency be reward for a lack of basic human needs, such as housing? Or Freedom from violence?
Is acknowledging resiliency a way to alleviate systemic responsibility?
In Peace and Friendship,