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The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. – Vladimir Lenin

Wanted: Single Parents Looking to Help Each Other

Posted by iusbvision on April 18, 2006

In sight of a recent adventure hosted at IUSB by Goodwill of Michiana, I had an opportunity to go through a simulation of something I have addressed myself in real life. I was surprised that a simulation was even created for such drama of impoverished families are subjected to in order to get their basic needs met. In a country so wealthy with opportunities and great riches, why has such poverty been so over looked and for so long. The segregation between rich and poor has become a distinct line yet inside we are all the same. What prevents us from reaching out to those in great need during life’s traumas? The fact is, life is hard. We are all at some point in our life going to endure some sort of major heart ache whether it is great financial distress or great grief at the trials of life. The cries of those enduring great lack have been silenced for too long.

What was once a rare case is now so common. What you will not see on a woman’s face when she is enduring these hard times is the look of sadness because she has been pushed down to far that she has learned to hide it. What we don’t know is that she cries herself to sleep at night because she is not sure if she is going to have a roof over here head tomorrow for her and her children. What we don’t see is that she hasn’t eaten in 3 days because she is saving the food for her children not knowing when she will have food again. We don’t see the humiliation she is brought when a person in a governmental office talks down to her as though she is a horrible mother and incompetent of rebuilding her life. All the while, society has neglected that she secretly was raped, abused and misused by her spouse and that’s why she is in college and needs assistance. That’s why her life is in shambles and she is forced to try to pick up the pieces all alone and carry on. This is a cry that needs to be heard. I was stirred into action when I found that other parents have endured this and the comfort of others struggling along with me was a great relief. A relief emotionally that is. What has still not been settled is the financial relief. What has still not been settled is the “how do I rebuild my life” relief. The ability and opportunity to lean on each others shoulders during these trying times. The chance to make lasting relationships out of life’s most desperate times is a bond that will not be easily broken. A group is needed to start the rebuilding and I propose that on Wednesday April 26th at 7:00 p.m. I would like to have a meeting to bridge this gap. All those wanting to support or are enduring this are welcome.

In celebration of what I believe will be a great healing for these families and hopefully our country, we can start discussing the rebuilding of these families lives. The meeting will start with an introduction of the idea of the group. The vision is to restore these families to better than new conditions with not just meeting financial needs but the emotional, mental and physical needs of the families. We will discuss a strategy of healing whether we have small groups or large discussion groups. Our next discussion will be on the raising of finances from those who are interested in contributing to this cause. This will be a community, a family. The intentions are that the group is not a band-aid to these families but a means to an ending of the suffering.

Please join with me in the restoration of these families and reap the eternal rewards of walking others out of the never ending cycle of destruction.

Kelly Thrall
Letter to the Editor

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