I got a trouble call last night, there are people working in the area and they have reported Fred’s house and we worry now that she will be moved.
It is so troubling.
It has me worried. So I have been down to check on her today 8 times, just going by, not bugging her. I want to be sure that she is safe and that no one is messing with her. It is cold today here so this last trip, I brought Fred a warm meal. She is inside with no coat, so it is warm inside, and this made me feel really happy. Just the candle heater and her body is enough to keep it comfortable when we are hovering around zero.
This morning an email came from one of the volunteers who also made a donation. This morning she arrived at work and found that there is boy who is living in the dumpster at her work place. She asked if he could be next. He needs a house too she said. I wonder if this community can do it again? This time, it will cost less because Lowes wants to help us.
Do you know, when we (myself and the other volunteers) were there building Fred’s house, so many of her neighbours stopped to say that they help her. It was beautiful as far as I am concerned. And today again after worrying the last 15 hours away, I arrived to find that there are Christmas gifts left for Fred outside her house. Little bags of wrapped gifts, beautiful hand knitted mittens, toiletries. Thoughtful gifts, given with love.
I spoke to Fred just a moment giving her the food and she thanked me. But then I went to the car and I cried. You know these small kindnesses make me weep. Her neighbours there care about her. I hope we can find a way to help her stay.
We turned the corner to come home and there was a homeless man using two cups to get water out of a puddle. We stopped and got him something to eat and a Tim’s card but he did not want this, but took the Tim’s card to give to someone else, he said. He shook our hands and blessed us.
He blessed us.
If any of this has you thinking about what you can do what about a blessing bag filled with things like this?
What else can you do… Write to your leaders and show your approval of this. your local counsellor, your mayor, the MP, the MPP, the minister of housing, the Prime Minister. Copy them all. Ask for more. While Fred’s house is a GOOD bandaid solution… in that living in an insulated room with a door and window beats living in a pile of pallets, what is needed is lots of small (200 -400 square foot) up to code housing with running water and toilets. We are a rich nation but we have left behind the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society. We not only forget them but we make structures that are small/tiny and affordable illegal. This MUST stop. Poor and vulnerable people need to live in dignity and safety as well.