Our young guest has two jobs at the moment, so I hardly ever see her. But last night was a rare night off for her, Steve worked till almost midnight, and I was feeling good enough to notice that my kitchen needed some loving care (a good scrub). So while I put things away, and wiped down counters she shared stories of growing up and her life. I was glad to have the company and it gave me the motivation to keep clearing and cleaning, since a half way job would have been noticed! LOL.
This morning my bright and shiny kitchen set the mood for a great day! And my young guest was off at 5am for her coffee shop job. (God bless her- 5am!)
I’m working on my presentation for CALGM, and still struggling with it. I will be absolutely honest in it… and hope I can share the good that has happened here. I just know there is a better way to do this, but I don’t know what it is. One of the things my guest and I discussed last night was doing this as a ‘halfway house’ kind of program. She had visited in a city that took that approach, and she said you end up with drug houses if the program is not VERY STRONG. I’m sure that happens anyplace that you put young folks without jobs, without family support – basically without hope.
Until we figure it out…we will keep doing it this way I guess – one kid at a time. Keep ‘em breathing.