Posted: August 20
Posted: August 20
Just the other day I was told housing for me, would be another 5 to 14 years out. I am physically, disabled but I am not inept at the art of putting things into words! This article states the simple facts about this area. There is an amazing mix of diversity here in house~less folks to housed folks, since I came here it has grown, I had no choice but to see it. I lived in a van around the area, serve a meal myself, and know some amazing people. After you are outside for awhile your world view changes. When you suffer lack of your basic human needs. Hatred becomes a virus, that infects people with ignorance. If they could see that their behaviors, towards the homeless, look about the same, side by side, we would need a remedy for their ignorance. (I mean that in a very matter of fact way and am in no way calling people ignorant, in a derogatory sense. From the housed community, to the street bullying like the examples given, are just done with more finesse. I have experienced that from housed folks and housed business owners. You can have all the credentials but not enough access to present them for jobs, or many other types of entries that would bring about re~entry! As a teacher and a social worker and a writer, I could not fathom what I saw when I got to Seattle, and no, I didn't come here to be homeless. I will have been here six years, have numerous, photographs, written publications and historical information, as well as two films. I didn't know a soul! I am a lone and watchful eye and as a prior home owner of both my home and a rental, I get it. I try to explain AS an INDIVIDUAL experiencing homelessness. I was drawn here for a reason and I am certain homelessness was it. Nothing I ever planned on my bucket list. I came here to see tree houses, and to complete the bucket list. I now live in Columbia City, in a tree house. To speak to it, to bring a common ground to it for which to have the conversation about how this world is getting harder and harder to live in.Being I am not from here, I might just have a different take than many because I am seeing the whole picture from the curb up! In my life I worked all my life, raised many foster children and was a teacher though my degree was in human services. The problem, I worked non~profit while being a single mom, and now we know where that leads if you get sick. Those who do the scoffing are usually the ones who are not awake yet to the devastating reality of the homeless, crisis right before their eyes! The system is alive, and doing as it should, it just didn't expect that indeed we are not all equal when there is no equality in our own humanity! One thing I will say, Peter's place, a shelter, is less than two tenths of a mile, from the bridge. Nothing new here its just more visible, under the bridge. The person in this picture needed serious intervention from that sweep. She roamed for almost three days without sleeping. We simply must DO, something as we as the homeless, are a reflection or reminder, of the housed becoming un~housed. People are made to be villains, when not all are. There are bullies on both sides of this coin. In my training from Cornell U, when a person struggles with many things, there may not be a cure for some of it. But, proximity, and bringing them closer, listening intently with a 5 minute, LSI (Life Space Interview), is the key to being a deter ant for a plethora of behaviors. Being open and affirming doesn't mean you will be encouraging something that already exists to start with. How can I help?
In a bay-windowed bungalow in South Seattle, Dawnmarie Cooper puts the finishing touches on a fruit-studded bread pudding. Cooper is making her grandmother’s recipe for a group of new friends. She carefully packs two big pans of bread pudding in … Continue reading →
Posted: August 18