A few weeks I was at my grand son’s preschool for Grandparent’s Day. We did lots of fun things including an activity designed to help develop small mother skills.
“Grandma, Grandma, I’m winning!”
I explained that it was just an activity, no one was winning or losing. He saw it differently.
“Grandma,” he stated with as serious a face as I’ve ever seen on the kid, “Everything is about winning. Because winning means you get money and money is everything. If you don’t have money you don’t get food, or water, or a place to live.”
Well, he’s not wrong. I still don’t believe that winning is everything, but I do believe we all need and deserve food, water, and a place to live.
Today is National Roof Over Your Head Day. Each day when I leave my house and walk my dog or simply drive my way to the alley to park my garage in my alley garage I pass the new home of the Day By Day Warming Shelter.
It’s astonishing how quickly things are happening after years and years of the answer being no when they tried to build a home to make sure that more people have a roof over their head.
The really bad weather has held off and I know that every day it does is a day the new building will host guests sooner.
Of course that is not the only place where people without a permanent home can find a short term room. There’s Father Carr’s Place 2B, COTS, and very soon the first phase of the Oshkosh Kids Foundation, Inc. Tiny House Village welcome guests.
This post is not about if any of these places deserve to exist. They do. We need them. It’s not about people not working, a large percentage of people who find themselves without a roof over their head are working members of our community who need a little help getting back on track.
This post is about being grateful that I have a roof over my head and that I live in a town where many if not most of of us want to help others to be as blessed as we are.
Food, water, and a roof over our heads. If a four-year-old can figure it out then so can the adults.
There are a myriad of ways to give this holiday season to help those who don’t have a roof over their heads. Please consider giving, volunteering, and being part of one or more of the wonderful non-profit groups that help three-hundred-and-sixty-five-days a year.