Every day, rain or shine, regardless of her own personal discomforts, there is an outreach worker trudging through the ravines, the valleys, the back alleys of this city. Her mission is to locate homeless people in peril, and without her vigilance, there would surely be far more unnecessary deaths among the homeless than the disgraceful number we presently account for.
The easiest way to reveal the extent of her services to these abandoned souls is to paraphrase the message one receives if for some reason she can’t answer your telephone call. It goes something like this.’ This is …………., tell me what you want me to do for you, and how to find you, or call back later.’ This open ended invitation to request her services in any area is for real! When a homeless person asks her to do something, anything at all, if it is within her immense abilities to accomplish it, it will be accomplished forthwith! If someone hasn’t received the monthly pittance which Ontario Works doles out, (usually because of an unjust disqualification?) our saint will be instantly on the case, and she won’t give up until the injustice is corrected. If someone needs to get to a doctor or court she will pick them up and chauffer them there. If someone requests assistance in finding housing, she will drive them to view available accommodations and negotiate with the landlord on their behalf, (translated: persist in persuasion techniques until the landlord relents and agrees to acceptable terms.) The list of her services is practically endless; help moving into a new home; a free mattress delivered from Sleep Country; a lift to a shelter, or somewhere to get a sleeping bag, or a free meal; a bottle of water on those hot days when dehydration takes it’s toll; or just a friendly face directed to a person who has grown accustomed to scowls. Whatever the real or perceived need, our saint is there to help.
After a full and exhausting day on the hard streets of
Our saint lives a life of total dedication to the alleviation of suffering on the streets of
Please pray for her rapid recovery, for my friend has worked herself ill. God bless her.
If you know of someone who does wonderful things to help those who can’t help themselves, we need to hear the story. These indispensable people may be the only hope for this civilization. Everyone needs to know that they are with us giving hope to the hopeless, for without them, we are all hopeless.