In Pathways’ Day Center, we like to do an activity called “Question of the Day.” This is to stimulate the minds of our guests in the Day Center, engage them in reading and writing, and to provoke conversations among themselves and with staff. Last week we asked our guests: If you could alter one thing in the world right now, what would you change? Pathways has a mission to end homelessness for women and children and to move them towards independence. Our mission as an agency is our work in progress of what we would change in the world today. Here are some of our guests’ responses:
“I would find a cure for cancer for children and adults.” ~ Anonymous
“Hunger and homelessness” ~ Anonymous
“I would eradicate alcoholism by prohibiting the production of alcohol.” ~Anonymous
“People’s outlook on life” ~Anonymous
“People’s attitudes” ~Anonymous
“Me and my daughters’ living arrangements” ~Anonymous
“I would not have gotten married at a young age and I would have finished school and found a good job” ~ Anonymous
“I would change me, the way I handle some things in my life. My relationship with God would be even stronger than it is right today.” ~Camille
While reading through the responses, I learned that the guests we serve are selfless, caring, aware of their surroundings, and aware of the changes that need to be made in their personal lives. I also learned about the women’s spirituality on some level and about some of the trials that some of the women have faced or are facing. Not only do we use activities like this to stimulate the minds of our guests in the day center, engage them in reading and writing, and to provoke conversations among themselves and with staff, we also use their responses as a tool to find resources that will assist our staff in moving our guests from homelessness to independence.
Irion Lane is an AmeriCorps Member working with Pathways.