Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Executive Director's Desk - "Home for the Holidays"

The above phrase is heard throughout the holiday season. Sometimes we do not think beyond this simplistic yet heartwarming phrase. I hope we pause to think about this now.

Unemployment is extremely high in our region, as is poverty. During this holiday season, let us ponder the effects poverty has on our community and on our children, and further, what we can do to personally help.

Job loss and poverty can certainly lead to the real threat and reality of being homeless. Individuals and families face this threat every day. While many of us have never been in such a situation, we ought to work towards ensuring that no one is ever homeless.

The articles in this newsletter outline the law and rights of people facing the loss of housing through the legal process. Certainly this is important information. But we should also know the helping organizations in our communities which include homeless shelters, housing assistance programs and other local human services organizations.

Perhaps we should say, "Have a Home for the Holidays."

Very truly yours,

Robert A. Oakley, Esq.
NWLS Executive Director