The Backgrounder: OIM sponsors the 8:00 am and 5:00 pm news on a local radio station, CHRI 99.1 fm. For one of our 60 second spots, I interviewed a young lady (we’ll call her Rachel) from our Passion for Youth art program. In this interview, she commented on how much she enjoyed participating in the program, so much so that she says that she dosen’t even think of drugs while she is involved in the program. This is quite remarkable, really!
The Story: So Rachel came to our office to get some stuff and stays a moment for a visit. She told me this story:
Part 1: She was panhandling on the street when a kind lady offered to buy her some supper. She agreed and the two of them had an enjoyable time together. She felt special because a.) she was noticed, b.) the time over a meal brought a sense of dignity, and c.) somebody actually cared.
Part 2: Two days later, this same lady comes by and Rachel is at the same spot, panhandling. She stops and chats, one of the first questions she asked was: “Was tha