Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Reason to Feel Thankful

Everyday when I get off of work I think about the myriad of waking nightmares many people face when they don't have housing. Working at a day drop-in center in Baltimore exposes one to the dark side of our society. Every morning when I walk in our front door I have no idea what kind of pain our clients will be going through. Mothers chased out of their home by violence, elderly people forced into poverty by overwhelming medical bills, people ravaged by addictions, depression, discrimination, and economic oppression -these are just a few of the hundreds of stories we see every week. The range of struggles seems infinite and the depth and severity of pain our clients must feel seems just as vast.

In a world where people can be thrown out of their homes I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given and the stability I took for granted for so much of my life. I am thankful I have a home where I am loved and safe and I am deeply thankful that I work with people who fight for a society where this right is shared by everyone.

~Michael Jefferson

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