Dick Van Patten once said, “I look back with a mix of emotions: sadness for the people who are gone, nostalgia for times that have passed, but immense gratitude for the wonderful opportunities that came my way.”
At the end of the winter shelter season, I find myself wrestling with mixed emotions. I look back on the success stories of individuals who came with a sense of hopelessness seeking help, found it, and have since moved off the streets and riverbeds, back to places of safety, and positive expectations. And then there are the stories of individuals who came, refused to take advantage of the help offered, and will return to a lifestyle filled with apprehension and anxiety.
April 1 will see the exodus of people with a brighter future ahead, as they leave with the life skills and tools to succeed provided them by the Bread of Life advocates. While others leave with no idea of what they are going to do because they chose not to meet with an advocate during the five months they were here with us.
Much of life is about choices. Yes, bad things happen in life. But there comes a time when we need to say enough is enough, and do the tough things that will provide the possibility for a better tomorrow.