News covers the stories like CNN last week where a man at wits end comes into a Florida school board meeting and begs for attention for his wifes job back then opened fire and shooting but missing each shot, unless his goal was to have his own life taken. WHY would we cover a story like that without looking deeper into the story? Was this a situation where jobs loss actually creates such despair in a family that the husband becomes a martyr for health insurance reasons?
In Minneapolis last night there was a vigil for 126 people who died of the affects of extended homelessness this year. Lets not have suicide, homicide or poverty affect that which makes us great.. Caring makes a difference in all times.. It is time for us to be open about the larger affects of joblessness, and work to create a solution that helps more people to live. Let us live and be well by helping solve the larger problems, its not just the inconvenience of lack of employment.
Whole families struggling for work face much trauma, but communities can and should make a difference.
It might not make news that people who are facing the tough news of layoff at the holiday season, with limited resources, are still able to come together, but sometimes they just need to have the resources to know that they can weather this storm, and be an example for others as well.. Let us start to embody that kind of caring for one another.
BRAINSTORMING THERE IS MUCH WE COULD DO FROM WHEREEVER WE ARE, WHOEVER WE ARE:
- Merchant Discounts for Laid Off Workers
- Donate to or volunteer for the Organizations that make a difference (Salvation Army, Churches, etc)
- OFFER OPTIONS: Dont let people in your community choose between "Sick and Freezing" or Sick and Starving"
- We CAN create new jobs and ways of working that fill hard to fill jobs and put good people to work, even in the most depressed communities!!
- Where are the support centers locally and nationally that help with the broader picture of the impacts of stress around jobloss- health care after loss of insurance, stress and suicide hotlines, homeowner help line when programs fail to do anything but complicate and increase the trauma.
THIS IS A READER PARTICIPATION BLOG:
- What programs have you found locally or nationally that help laid off workers who are facing extended joblessness with medical care, food, heating and shelter?
- What do you see being done to make a radical difference in helping these people to connect?
- What more COULD and SHOULD be done to see that the more critical traumatic elements of joblessness on citizens and the community they live in are preserved?