Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement: June 2017

by Donna Clark RN, Director

Today’s world seems full of tragedies and terror leaving many people fearful. To those who live on the streets or struggling to keep a roof over their heads this climate of uncertainty seems to have affected them as much as the rest of us. When the news comes on the TV out in the waiting room there is plenty of political division and discussion and sometimes it gets emotional.

We have noticed one thing that seems unusual and that is the way everyone is looking out for each other. When there are new clients from one of the local shelters seeing us for assistance, the regulars take them under their wings and explain how things work in the community. We saw a new client who was distressed by all the overwhelming demands for her to just take care of the basic needs of her children and herself. One of the men who is at our office every time we are open sat down and started to explain how to pull all of it together. He showed her how to complete our forms and when she stated her needs he told her what to expect from us and then he elaborated how to deal with changing her benefits from one state to another at Social Services.

By the time she was called back to receive our help she had calmed down and was able to focus on completing the paperwork for birth certificates and start working on her new ID. Ladies in the waiting room took care of her children so she could focus on our advice. We witnessed a village helping one of their own through the maze of social service requirements with love and support. By the time she left the church she had a smile on her face and hope in her heart. God is good!

Psalm 118:21-24