How long will I have to have worked at Bethesda Cares before my jaw stops hitting the ground? Clearly, unhappy with his banishment from our offices, X found another place in which to pass his time.
Today, the new asylums for the mentally ill are our local jails and state prisons, and not only have the public costs for their "care" risen as a result, but the conditions for the mentally ill have deteriorated.
In certain hip, locavore, foodie parts of the country (Brooklyn, Berkeley, Cambridge, etc.) the trend recently has been to raise your own chickens. From what I know from people that have them, it's more work than just letting the birds run around the yard looking good and eating bugs.
Knowing that many active-duty service personnel and veterans face financial hardships, there is much we can -- and should -- do to ease that burden.
It's so beautiful and refreshing to see real community... Making people feel welcomed, encouraged, not judged, but loved, and supported - just like family should.
The fact that they are still standing and alive with very little or no support shows me how resilient the human spirit is. Through the illnesses, the lack of food, the brutal weather and the abuse they undoubtedly endure, they still manage to be.
I totally sympathized, wondered what other miserable dominoes that lack of funds would push over. So I didn't blame him when he totally lost it in a room full of people who are actually on his team.
Three years ago my family and I were homeless. I have six children, and have been married to the love of my life for 20 years.
D.C. has reverted back to a practice that it conceded was unacceptable, even when the District was mired in financial strife: Placing children and their parents in makeshift shelters at rec centers.
Over my 12 year journey growing Pajama Program and getting to know the children we serve, many of my friends and volunteers have asked, "How do you...
Luckily for us, our nonprofit organizations are stepping in and have created food banks to help fill the void continually shaped by Congress.
What made it even more appalling than the subject matter itself -- rat bites in your sleep -- was the calm, conversational tones they used to exchange this information with each other, like comparing restaurants or the easiest places to find parking.
Should we be really calling this competition a derby for winners? Sadly, the real losers in this country's breakdown of social care are the people who are still struggling on our streets. No matter what city or state they reside.
It's not often that we think of college students as part of a solution to complex social problems, like homelessness. But perhaps it's time we did.
Before I started working at Bethesda Cares, I had a mental image of what someone "homeless" looks like. Maybe you do, too: I pictured a disheveled old man with scraggly hair and a matted beard, wearing dirty mismatched clothes and probably pushing a shopping cart.
The crisis isn't that too many families are in DC's shelters; the crisis is that so many families need shelter. That is the crisis the Mayor should be addressing.