LOL! Dang, this has happened a few times before, well most likely more than a few, but i guess i just don’t think about it.
Our Mobile Crisis/Intervention Unit Van is currently broke down. It is our only vehicle. Actually it is also our only personal vehicle that we allow STA to use i guess you could say. The Water pump has gone out. I am going to try and fix it myself at a cost of approx $160.00 compared to a shop doing it for $375.00. The only way we are able to do this repair if i do it myself is via a very generous $100.00 Donation from a donor in Rochester, MN. Thank You! You know who you are. :-))!
The Lesson Learned here is it hit home, real close to home, what we do and how it affects us here at Straight Ahead Outreach, when one of our ‘Friends In Need’ offered to ride his bike in 95 degree heat, almost 20 miles up to help me fix the van.
It is not very often that i ask for help, working on something for us, for Straight Ahead Outreach from our Friends In Need. I used to think that i would like to model our org after The Delancey Foundation and how they have built everything and operate everything by the residents in their programs. A pretty cool org. However, it has proven to me a number of times, that their process would not work for how we do what we do.
So, the Friend In Need offered to come up and help me get our Mobile crisis Van back on the road. I thought, hmmmm, ok, this will give me some more face-to-face time with him. So i agreed and invited him to come up today.
Now, keep in mind…..our slogan is “Taking back Your life” :-))! Our goal is for our Friends In Need to Take Back Their Life, not work on ours. :-))!
Annnnyway, so i spoke to him last night about 8:00pm to tell him we are all set to do the repairs.
Taking Back Your Life. What that means is, we want our Friends In Need to work on finding and keeping jobs, taking care of their day to day lives and children if they have any like this man does. In other words, re-building his life, Taking Back His Life. Ending His Homelessness, working towards it every day.
When i spoke to him, last night after looking forward to him coming up and spending some time with him, he tells me…………..I have been asked to work more at PARC. So, i cannot help you tomorrow on the van. He felt bad. Heck, i felt bad! LOL! I was looking forward to it!
He and his 2 children are homeless, living from motel to motel typically. I/we at STA, have been pushing the hell out of him to keep working, taking care of his day to day life, and to Take Back His Life. Our goal is to make it so our Friends In Need no longer need us or anyone like us. To get Up & Out of what we at STA call the Chronic Assistance Cycle.
I do not know why it hit me so hard yesterday, because i know it has happened many times, but, i just never think of it….. because it is how it is supposed to be, how it works. It is how i know that what we do is the right way to do it.
He, had to work again. He, is Taking Back His Life. For HIM and HIS Family. Exactly what we push them so hard to do. Having their OWN life. When he has time to spare, when he can…..he will offer to help again i am sure.
All of them we help, are Taking Back Their Lives. That is why our job gets so lonely sometimes. Because those we help move on, they move on and Take Back Their Lives. We tell them to look “Straight Ahead” and do not look back, only look back if and when you need to learn something, but not to badger yourself.
This man had to tell me No. He had to go back on what he had offered me. Me/STA, people who have helped him extensively in numerous ways. He said he had to work instead.
VICTORY!!! I call this a VICTORY!! It made me happy.
Many homeless or simply Friends In Need would help you instead of work because they would be afraid you would abandon them. When they do that it does more damage to them and their progress is stalled in Taking back Their Lives. We/STA do not want them to stall. We want them to succeed. We come last. Their lives come first. They are re-building.
Moral of the Story? We push our Friends In Need hard to Take Back Their Lives. So, when they do it, we know it removes us from the picture. Always has since 1985. I love being removed from the picture because one of our Friends In Need has to go to work! Because one of our Friends In Need is Taking Back Their Life! :-))!
How Cool is that!?
If Not You, Then Who?
WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
*** Our Mobile Crisis/Intervention Unit van that i am hoping to repair myself is our only vehicle for STA. It has over 230,000 miles on it and we are really needing to replace it. The rear end is nearing failure and who knows what after that. If you can help us obtain a replacement van please contact us or Donate Today to help. We can obtain a replacement van for approx $11,000.00. That is our Goal. If there is something STA can do for you in return, please ask us. Thank You!
If Not You, Then Who?
WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!