Life on the streets can be hard

We are a community now with over 200 people and their families all a part of it.

— Life on the streets can be hard

Dec 9, 2015 Life on the streets can be hard

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“The Puppy died”, my husband said when I saw him this afternoon. He is an ex policeman and quite staunch but I saw a little tear trickle down his cheek. It wasn’t really the puppy’s death that was the problem, it was what the puppy came to represent.

A street dog had decided that the alcove entrance to Freeset was a great place to sleep and for some reason no one scared her away. Then she had a puppy. Sadly you could daily see the weight dropping off her as she fed the puppy and gosh that puppy was cute. Then the mother’s milk dried up altogether.

Taking responsibility for an animal is a big deal though, if we started to feed the puppy it would not learn to scavenge and would then become dependent on us. So we waited and he put on a little weight and was finally old enough, for the mother dog to begin showing him how to go down the street looking for rubbish piles and hunting for food. He seemed to like rice and began to take some steps toward independence.

Then he got sick, there are no vets available, not without a taxi drive across town and purchasing medicine. There just isn’t enough resources in this neighborhood to spare on vet bills for a street dog. Life in this neighborhood can be hard. There are people struggling each day to survive, some working incredibly long hours and living on the streets with their families. Children fail to thrive, runny noses, thin bodies, beautiful smiles and eyes still bright with childish fun and laughter. The Freeset community sit’s among it all, offering a different way, a life of dignity, independence and choice. It is very hard to see others struggle but creating a dependent situation is not sustainable.

That’s why we love the business that Freeset is. We are a community now with over 200 people and their families all a part of it. As it grows, it is able to bring others out of poverty, to extend freedom to those trapped and it does it by encouraging independence, watching people journey forward with new hope, providing for their own families, seeing their children grow strong, a roof over their head, food on the table, access to education and pride in who they are and the work they are doing.

This community is built out of broken and shattered lives. We have members who are still daily struggling with very real and difficult problems. The struggle is often hard to watch and so often, it is tempting to consider a short cut. To intervene, to remove choice, to create dependence, to force. But how much better to focus on building a community, that is known for its care and love. It’s willingness to stand in difficult places to wait patiently, to respect choice and then to see freedom and hope rise up to overcome.

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