I worked with Outreach again today and I think that I am finally getting into the swing of this whole thing. I absolutely love the people that I work with, they are seriously so great. They’re so much fun to be around and they sincerely just want to help people, which is totally great. I’ve learned lately that the longer you’re in the business of trying to help people, the more cynical you become about your, or anyone’s, ability to actually help anyone. But these guys still truly want to make a difference and they do.
Every day they do something that is just super incredible and helps someone more than most people can even understand. Seriously, just taking someone to the grocery store helps them so much. I just can’t believe how much we all take for granted.
Seriously… who would have thought that taking someone to Wal*Mart could be such a day brightener? But when you don’t have a car, and you have a baby, and its 100 or more degrees outside, that ride to the store means the WORLD to people!!!
I did a few things besides just meeting with clients today, which was pretty cool. I love meeting with the clients, but its pretty interesting to learn about the business side of the program too.
The first thing that we did this morning was go to a Housing Voucher meeting. Because of the sequester, handing out vouchers is at a bit of a stand still. Damn it Congress, get your act together!! But the committee seemed pretty positive that they were going to be able to start handing them out again soon, so that’s good, and I hope that they are right. After that meeting we went back to the office for a little while to pass sometime until the next meeting that we had to attend.
The second meeting was also about housing vouchers, but this time instead of trying to figure out who was qualified for the program or how to get them qualified (Honestly, that first meeting was so short, I’m not really sure what all it would have entailed had we had an actual meeting) this meeting was an orientation about the Housing Voucher Program.
I learned some pretty interesting stuff. Mostly though, I learned that it is absolutely a ridiculous process to just try to get some help and make your life better. I already knew that it wasn’t easy, but Dear God the hoops that these people have to jump through are just insane, and honestly they seem a little unnecessary to us outsiders. I’m sure they serve a purpose, but I still feel like it should be easier to get help for yourself and your family. Life is tough enough without going through a million application processes every time that you need something.
After the meeting we did some working with clients. We had one client that needed to be taken to the ER so we took her there and we watched her daughter while we waited. She ended up being fine but it was probably a good thing that we went. And I’ll always take some chill time with an adorable little girl 🙂
After that we got 2 presents together for a mom that couldn’t afford to buy her twin daughters anything for their birthday. The girls were really excited so it was nice to be able to do something to help their mom out.