I mentioned to other staff recently that “life at the Open Door is like a box of chocolates….”
All of a sudden Super Human Randal came swooping into the conversation. Many of you might know him as Randal Nickel Executive Director of the Open Door. Randal sang out “WE NEED TO BLOG THAT CAPTION” So here it goes….
“Life is like a box of chocolates”…..
Some of you might remember what movie this famous saying came from.
If you said Forest Gump you would be correct.
Now you might wonder “what does this have to do with an Open Door Blog?” Well let me tell you. Every day of every week at the Open Door is NOT like Ground Hog Day, another classic movie. You do NOT KNOW what you are getting on any given day. We support the youth at risk in the Community and surrounding areas.
They do not come with a handbook or directions. They come with hurts, judgements, and addictions. Some have no parental or family support, some have no homes and couch surf every night. Society has rejected so many of them. Why?
Some talk of the new families their parents have made with no room for them.
Some speak of the abuse they suffered at the hands of the person that was to protect them from harm and hurt.
Some have taken on far too many responsibilities and worries at such a young age.
No teenager should have to worry about where they are going to sleep tonight, or where their next meal will come from. They should be thinking about their futures in a positive way. What they would like to do as a career, where they want to go to College or University, and what they would like to take as a career.
No two situations or circumstances are the same.
So I challenge all of you, next time you are out in the community and you see some youth that might be at risk. Ask yourself this question before you judge. Are they hungry? Are they hurting? Have they been wrongfully judged most of their lives?
That could be the reason they are acting the way they are.
Remember you may represent the people our youth base their opinions on. When you are out in the community and see some of our youth, perhaps you could give a friendly smile or a “hi” as you might be the only person that has acknowledged them in a long time.
FASD Support Coordinator
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