With regards to the inhumane treatment of the courageous, hopeful and vulnerable families at the border seeking a better life.
In addition to calling representatives and sending financial aid to the organizations helping at the border, we can also offer our time to local families already here struggling to acclimate. Here in the Bay there are quite a few groups that need volunteers to work with refugees and immigrants in varying capacities. The hurdle doesn’t end once you’re allowed into the country. Integration is a lengthy process, if not a lifetime for some. .
Volunteers are needed to teach English, tutor, connect people with resources, provide transportation, companionship, offer childcare while parents work often 2-3 low paying jobs, or to help out with activities, creative projects, etc. .
IG is such a vibrant community of incredibly gifted and inspiring people! Let’s show up locally in person when we can, even one on one, because that kind of connection can have an infinite impact. .
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My brother just sent me this photo of my father which I‘d never seen before. 1972. Post Vietnam service, 8 years before I was born. .
He and my mother had just traded city life in Boston for a quiet suburb where he’d then commute back into the city to attend art school at night while working full time.
Our own lives are so vivid and our relationships with parents often so clearly defined that it’s hard to truly understand who they were prior. Who they are as dynamic individuals navigating unknowns with grace and fear and hope. .
Maybe it’s being on the other side of the country or maybe it’s just age, but I’m increasingly committed to knowing them through the lens of intentional friendship void of default expectations and embedded patterns; to truly know them and their histories as I do my own. .
I’ve often heard that kind of relationship is really established once you have children of your own. But had we met each other back then, I’m confident we would have been great friends. Fortunately for us, we are now. .