Our community certainly knows that things don’t always work out as planned. Visioning Day 2019 ended abruptly and a little sooner than we envisioned. We are grateful that the fire alarm was not indicating a real emergency, that everyone was safe…and that we still received stacks of input forms, ballots, and evaluations.
This is a quick summary of what we missed:
- A report back of the participant feedback and questions for DHCD (we will work on compiling this information to share out)
- A final question to the representatives from the Department of Children and Families and Early Education and share about their take on hope and responsibility
- A quick overview of next steps:
- Stay engaged on social media (twitter and facebook)
- Look out for the 2019 Visioning Day Report
- Invite us for shelter visit; join us at a meeting (Community Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month from 11am-1pm at our office)
- Advocate!!! Right now our advocacy focus is to the Governor’s office and his cabinet and Federal Government
- Advocate!!! Much of our advocacy will be focused on the State Legislature starting in January
- We encourage you to act local! Attend local hearings, meetings, protests…
- Share your ideas, frustrations, successes with us and share information from us with your networks
And then, HFF Deputy Director, Nilaya, was going to give closing remarks and turn it over to Jonathan Burke, the Afro Cuban Cultural Arts Educator who facilitated the Reclaiming our Time: Dance, Joy, and Resistance breakout group. Instead, Jonathan led some dancing and clapping on the sidewalk to close us out.
Below is an exert from Nilaya’s planned remarks:
I wonder if Visioning Day provided some space in our minds and hearts for hope and possibilities.
I wonder if after seeing the size of the crowd the room made it clear that none of us are on this journey alone.
I wonder if the conversations you participated in rejuvenated your spirit even just a little bit.
I wonder if you left feeling feel a renewed sense of strength and purpose.
HOPE is necessary, hope feeds our spirits and allows for us to continue in a forward motion.
Hope is essential, that said hope alone will not house families.
We need to act, we need to see ourselves as part what is necessary to bring about change.
We have a responsibility to shift society until the needs of all of the people in our communities have their needs met and are stable and safe.
We have a responsibility to act.
We have a responsibility to show up for each other.
We have a responsibility to show up for each child and family.
We have a responsibility speak truth to power because silence is complicit.
We have a responsibility to educate our communities the fact that homeless families is not OK, and should never have been normalized in the first place.
We have a responsibility to recognize the humanity in each other & collectively insist and demand the right of each family to have a place to call home.
Thank you for joining us; for giving us hope. And thank you for your continued engagement and taking responsibility with us to achieve justice and homes for all.
– Team HFF