For some success is in black and white. A promotion at work, a raise, a title. For some of us though success can mean so many other things. Things like getting our first paycheck, finding a place to lay our head at night, a moment of compassion from another, getting our children back after we have stumbled. For some success is not measured in material as much as it is moments.
I got to meet a few beautiful ladies staying at our women's YWCA homeless shelter who by my measure have had amazing success. I would like to tell you a little about one of those women.
She is a mom, who didn't have her child with her in the shelter. Coming in to the YWCA with nowhere and no one to turn to. This amazing woman left with a steady job, her own apartment, and her child in hand. Now that is success. Growing up in an environment where everyone uses you, abuses you, and drugs can devastate someone for life. To break that cycle, ask for help, and rise above it is nothing short of amazing.
When I asked her what drove her to turn her life around she simply said to me "my child". If that isn't a reason I don't know what would be... I found out that she loves to color, and go to the park with her kiddo in their free time and that moving into their own place is only a start for her. One day she will continue her education and grow even farther. I asked her about the help she received from the ywca and the city of minot, to no surprise she told me about how the executive director of the YW helped her more then anyone else ever could have. Having the resources there on hand helped her not fall back into trying to depend on those who would only hurt her in the end.
Homeless comes from all walks of life. Losing your place to live does not discriminate and success is measured in moments.
I have had the pleasure of interviewing and meeting with some of the amazing women who have come through the shelter lately and i was blown away by the positive outlook and focus they have. They reminded me that no matter what has happen, is happening, or is going to happen.. all is never lost for good. I am going to be digging into this blog a little and getting dirty, cleaning it up, and updating some things so hold on to your pants. Things are about to get extremely real around here.
There is fresh meat on the board of directors along with some that have been around for sometime and i would say that maybe we are all up to no good but lets be honest, we are up to all the good! There will be new events to partake in, and success stories to read. I will be getting on here once a week and featuring somebody who has found their way or who has gone above and beyond in our community.
I also want to extend the chance for you to get involved. If you think you would make a good board member... let us know! If you have an idea that you think will benefit the homeless women and children of our community... let us know! If you have some time you would be willing to donate or even some spare change... don't be shy and let us know!
I also want to take the time to thank you for making time our of your busy schedules to read this, and considering what you could do to help. It means worlds to our community. -Joey