Renewed Hope

I have to admit. I get frustrated pretty easily. I realize this is something I should work on, as I have newly became a mother and reflecting on my own upbringing, parenting requires patience.

What frustrates me most is when people talk talk talk but nothing ever gets done or no one ever steps up to the plate to DO anything about the problems they see. Basically, if you are not willing to attempt to think of a solution, don’t bitch about the problem.

So when the Horizons Program first became known to me as a option for the Pine City community in August 2008, I was excited to help bring a program into Pine City that could help area residents free themselves from the grasp that poverty or just plain old struggling, has on their daily lives.

The first training that the Horizons Program sponsored for Pine City was to teach ten of us how to facilitate community discussions on what poverty looks like in our community. The training & the following discussions sparked a lot hope within me. People of our community had great ideas and I couldn’t wait to get started.

The Horizons Program continued further (and was quite a bit of work) and reached its completion this past spring when we were awarded a $10,000 grant to put our ideas into action. This was all fine and lovely, but those of us that had been with the program at the start were tired and have so many things going on in our lives that we were having a hard time finding the fire to keep our dreams alive.

That’s when I had the opportunity to talk with someone who knew of another community member that had the same ideas Horizons had about creating an emergency housing shelter… these two people then facilitated a meeting last night that brought TWENTY people to the table to talk about this touching issue and difficult task. When I would sit at our Horizon board meetings and wonder how our little group was going to take this task on, I would feel so downhearted. It would take forever with just us… but now I have renewed hope.

Our next meeting will be Monday December 13th, 5 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in the addition between the school & the church. We are inviting some homelessness prevention specialists to teach us about the different models of emergency housing shelters, funding sources, etc. and will be touring a site that could potentially house our dream. If you are interested in being part of this solution, please join us!

3 thoughts on “Renewed Hope

  1. Congratulations on building these links to other folks and orgs passionate about preventing homelessness! I’m glad you stuck with it–even when energy and hope was in short supply. Let us know how we can help!

  2. I am so very glad that we have more people interested in this growing problem in our area and thank you so much for sharing this information.

  3. The meeting was awesome proof that Pine City is a city willing to roll up its sleeves to work on the issues that we face.

    It is exciting that we are dealing with our homelessness problem which exists, rather than ignore it or pretend it doesn’t exist — like so many other small towns do.

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