Sunday, May 23, 2010
And It Continues....
What attracts her to Uptown? We're guessing all the free meals and free needles and vans that come right to her doorstep to serve her lunch (we're looking at you, Salvation Army mobile feeding van).
How have all the social services helped her? Well, she's guaranteed food. But we're told over and over again that social workers can't help someone who doesn't seek help herself. Obviously her life as a drunk, passed out on Uptown's streets, is something this woman isn't interested in changing. How can we, as a group, help her, and ... most important, help our community become a healthy one by changing this scenario, which has been playing out for years now?
This woman is far from alone in her addictions, and we're out of sympathy for her. Now our sympathy lies with the kids who have to pass her each day on their way to school, the taxpayers who pay over and over again for police and paramedics to ensure that she hasn't drunk herself to death, and the businesses who have to put up with her presence, driving away customers. We're tired of being panhandled, we're tired of stepping over human excrement on our streets and in our alleys, and we're tired of seeing her play her sad story out day after day after day. The community has tried to help her (see post below); what's next?