These are just a few of the many successes we see every day….
- “I never thought it would happen to me but hey, God’s got me! I know everything I went through is for a reason. There is something big He wants me to do. I’m not sure what it is yet but I’m most certainly not done.” – Jane
- “You know, I was really messing up for a long, long time. It wasn’t until I started believing in something bigger than me that my life started getting better. I know that sounds cliche and all but I mean it. When I started not focusing on ‘me me me’ good things started happening. People need something to believe in!” – Ricky on changing his thinking!
- “Thank you. This is the most hope I’ve felt in a long time.” – Valerie as she left the Chaplaincy
- I met R. in December of last year. He was causing a ruckus outside the Chaplaincy door. It became immediately apparent when I started talking to R. that he suffered from some form of severe mental illness. He was cussing and agitated but appeared to make a connection with me. I pulled a chair over close to the door so R. could see me and told him to sit down and to quit swearing. For some inexplicable reason R. listened to me and sat quietly. Every so often as I worked I’d glance out the window and R. would smile and give me a little wave, as if to say ‘See, I’m behaving’.
I helped R. order his birth certificate that day. Schizophrenia can be a funny disorder. While R. struggled to stay present in reality he knew all the pertinent information regarding his birth certificate. His case worker sat with him and helped him stay focused. R. is also an extraordinary artist. Even lost in his psychosis his gift was evident. He is amazingly talented and he shares this talent with those of us on campus. I’m sharing it with you today.
R. disappeared for a while and I learned he went to prison. This isn’t an uncommon occurrence with the mentally ill who are homeless. If R. was causing a ruckus on the street the people around him including the police did not have the time to consider he might be mentally ill. R. is back on campus; he is taking his medication and is a different person. Hopefully R. continues to have the chance to get well and move forward in life.
Sometimes people are homeless who have no idea a different life is possible. Thank you for helping R. learn that he has options.