It's 8 am on Saturday

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,

Kimm