Monday, May 14, 2007

You Never Know Who Might Be Homeless

None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives.” - Kathleen Norris

Late last week, Robyn had the honor of joining many of the families currently living at Genesis Home for Durham Bulls baseball game (our beloved hometown team). For many of us, a night at the ballpark with our families would be a special - but maybe not extraordinary event. However, for many of these families, this game was not only the first time they had ever been to a professional sporting event, but also a welcome respite from the daily grind and a time to just relax and have fun.

During the game, Robyn was talking with one mom and just knew that she knew her from somewhere. Turns out, that this woman worked at the car repair shop Robyn had visited about a month ago. The day was a busy one, Robyn was in a hurry, not in the best of moods, and bordered on being rude to this women - so much so, that she went up to the counter to apologize for her tone later on in the visit. The woman was helpful, professional, and had a great sense of humor about the entire encounter. No one ever would have thought that she was and is homeless . . .

Thanks to Genesis Home, she and her daughter have housing and a community of support while they work to get their lives back on track.