Today’s blog post, brought to you by Nilaya, our Director of Leadership and Community Building:
There’s an element to becoming homeless that can often make us feel invisible…
The shame and rejection from being put out and denied access to systems in our attempts to keep our children safe can make us feel desperate and at the mercy of others – systems, friends, relatives or strangers.
During the process of asking for and obtaining services, parents are forced to repeat that they are homeless time and time again. Inevitably it becomes in large part how they identify.
Often times when I ask parents who they are, they introduce themselves by saying “I’m [name] and I live in a shelter.” While there should be no shame for families in disclosing current or past homelessness, it is also extremely important to introduce the complete picture of who they are, and particularly the things that make families so powerful.
During the 5th session of the Public Policy Series – participants did an exercise entitled, “See Me.”
The purpose was for parents to create a visual of their titles / roles / attributes /goals / values / passions / strengths and then present it to the group as a form of re-introducing themselves … making their whole, valuable, powerful selves visible.
In that vein, we invite you to see the strong, beautiful, dynamic, caring, advocates that have been meeting weekly over the past couple of months to raise our collective voice for housing, economic and social justice!