Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Crochet Community Service ~ 3
Today's post is about the highs and lows of community service. Yesterday I was teaching the crochet class downtown in the AZOP building. This morning I was getting ready to run through and prep our project for next week when I recieved an email saying that the AZOP building has to close its doors.
This is a profound loss for the community of homeless and poverty stricken who count on that building for so many things. It's shelter form the harsh Arizona heat, access to classes and computers, and a gathering place where they can support each other. My heart goes out to all of the individuals who are saddened and hurting as a result.
On the positive side, there's news that a local church might open its doors and allow us to hold our classes on their property. It's always good to have hope and in that spirit I'll plan for our next class even if I don't know exactly when or where it will happen. It's incredibly hard to rise up out of poverty without some form of help. At the same time, providing the right kind of help can be so challenging. The bottom line is that people need each other. It's as simple as that.