To some this notice at a local place is fantastic!
“That place has been an eyesore for a very long time,” said one…”a hive of mischief and a gathering of the derelicts in society,” said another.
This place isn’t pretty, but neither is homelessness and those who reside in those walls teeter on the brink of homelessness month to month…week to week …day to day and sometimes minute to minute.
I see the same broken windows as you but I see picture frames upon those window sills…I see scratched and dented door frames too but I see little cement statues and flowers placed outside to bring a feeling of warmth and invitation..I see the filth and disrepair but I see lives beginning to be patched back together and people doing their best with what they have in order to survive.…..I see some folks that have made some unstable life choices but I see hearts and souls who deserve respect and understanding.
So while you cheer for that ugly eyesore to close down..my eyes fill with tears.
Where are they going to go?
They aren’t vacationers who made a bad hotel choice. They LIVE THERE!! It is their home sweet home ...no matter the condition.
Please tell me how the residents are going to afford to move…afford power, gas and other bills that a house or apartment will come with.
These citizens live here for a reason not because its posh or stylish but because it was the affordable choice for people with very little choice.
That choice has now been taken from them and the time to find alternatives is extremely limited.
I am saddened that these citizens of Camrose that already struggle with issues we couldn’t imagine dealing with on a daily basis..now have the biggest challenge of their lives…to start over yet again.
As the time draws near I wonder again …where will they go?
The condemned and eviction notice states one month until absolute closure..this may be the final shove that ends up with mass homelessness in Camrose.
I work with The Open Door Association and our mission is to end youth homelessness and find positive outcomes for all youth. The residents are out of our age range and ability to support. There is no agency or association in Camrose that can take these adults in and give them the genuine time and assistance they may need to relocate or to find safe connections in Camrose.
It makes me want to support the youth in our services even more so that one day when a company decides not to look after its buildings those who we look after now, will hopefully not be residing there but may instead be presiding on a board somewhere to take action to help those who need it the most.
So as you look at those broken windows try to see the broken lives that will result from vacating them.
I have no answers for those who are losing their home...Do you?
Donor Relations + Communications Director
Camrose Open Door Association
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