Joined March 18, 2009
4 years, 2 months agosarah_m's comment on:
I agree with you on reality versus perception in on-goings at The Bridge. I believe this is the greatest flaw at The Bridge. It begins, I feel, when anyone uses the term, "the homeless," in addressing the myriad of peoples living in a dwelling other than their own. You cannot do that. Ever. At any level, other than that all people, living any sort of life, on this Earth, are Human. The perception at hand has happened when Bridge staff and officials talk, and then think, and then talk some more, of "dealing with the homeless," or even in, "helping the homeless." Listen to how it sounds- "The homeless..." Now, what does that even mean? Other than addressing the problems stemming from having not a place of one's own, what does that even mean? It cannot mean anything other than helping someone who first became homeless, and the problems that then followed. But at the Bridge, it means oh so much more. What stands out to me, is what doesn't stand out to the "homed" who work and volunteer at the shelter. And that is that the people seeking shelter there do not think of all "homed" peoples as "all the homed people." And in their frustration they very well could. They don't. They don't assume all "homed" people's difficulties arise from a very small allowance of possibilities.