“No-one has ever become poor by giving” (Anne Frank)Diarist
What do you do when the battle chooses you?
What do you do when something shows up on your doorstep, something that you did not choose, cause and definitely did not anticipate?
No matter how well prepared you are for life, at times the battles will choose you, and the earlier the battles choose you, the more challenging life will be.
Are you always fully prepared? I am guessing no. However, if you have been raised around love, nurture and have a sense of belonging, you have an anchor, something you can draw on in these moments that prevent you from spiralling into crisis.
Imagine a 45-year-old male/female on the streets, homeless, unemployed, knee deep in addiction. Burnt every bridge there is to burn. Tell me what you see? Do you see the battle or person?
To reach the person in front of you, you must reach the child within.
Children most certainly never choose the battles they are left to fight. Battles so tough that they are unable to self-regulate, making it impossible to make informed choices, and making them susceptible to risk taking behaviour. Their mind and bodies surviving in fight/flight mode. Belonging not to the path that was designed for them, nor the path they dream of walking. They belong no-where, in a world full of care givers they remain an island.
If children are not seen, supported, or nurtured in that moment the consequences can be devastating.
These are exactly the people we want to reach, the people who feel discarded, people whose battles were chosen for them. Yes, the outcomes may look like a result of the choices they have made, the actions they have taken, but you have understand the battles that child had to face in order to survive.
The support currently available cannot take this man/woman to greater heights. It is likely the housing options will be minimal and offers available only in an environments/area they have spent a lifetime trying to escape.
Addiction services, it is likely when he/she seeks support, the support will be around managing the addiction and not the ‘why’
Here at The Peoples Hub, we want to do what has yet not been done. We want to see our people on their worst and best day, we want to understand the essence of the person, and offer a holistic approach to the overall wellbeing to every individual we encounter, through our thoroughly vetted organizations. We don’t want to just give people the tools to survive, we want to offer an opportunity to thrive, not despite the battles but in spite of the battles.
We do not possess the power the change the past, but with an opportunity of belonging and nurture, we have a chance at changing the trajectory of the path they once walked. A new path, one they never dreamed of walking.
They say it takes a village, here at The Peoples Hub we want to be that village.
Be part of our village.