Alan Graham, of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, says that the main cause of homelessness is a catastrophic failure of the family. If the family of a person with mental illness, disabilities or drug addiction doesn’t have the financial, emotional, or professional resources to deal with it, it’s easy to see how homelessness would quickly become a reality for that person. Understanding this makes the story I have witnessed all the more wonderful.
Emily has been working a street corner in my area for a long time. She is there holding her sign asking for help – hot or cold, rain or shine. Then, a friend of mine connected with her, took her to lunch and a family was formed. Through my friend’s dogged determination, she helped Emily push through paperwork, applications, deadlines, and contacts in order to get her into a housing community sponsored by MLF called Community First. Emily had been trying, but didn’t have the resources to push all the way through. She just needed a little bit of family to help her out.
I saw her this morning, and she is absolutely beaming. She moves in soon, and the house will be blessed on her birthday–the day she was born into her first family, and the day she will be welcomed into her new one.