|Our crew for this months' homeless outreach including|
Yn Susan, Me, Fr. Vazken, Meline (Harout's mom), Sonig
and Kevork (Harout's aunt and uncle) and Ani T.
One of the things I've noticed about Ascencia is that because of it's small size, the residents all become a part of each other's family, sort of. It's not uncommon to see the children sitting with their friends while the mom's sit and talk together at their table over dinner. It's intimate enough for parents to keep an eye on their kids and for the children to feel safe. Her younger children seemed unphased by all they had been through. I'm guessing it was because this type of trauma had become their norm. They sat with some of the other children, eating, laughing, playing with their food like children do. Angel, her son, remembered me and came up asking me if I remembered his name. I needed a hint and asked what letter it started with. Once he said "A", I remembered. And then Chris and Lauren who have been there for the past few months asked me if I remembered their names too. Of course I did. : ) I worry about these kids during the month. I wonder how this will effect all of them. The one that I fear is most affected is the teenage daughter who is about 14 but already looked mature and street smart for her age. I noticed that she was sitting with the women, listening to their talking and complaints, learning about life from these women there who have no support systems and no one to rely on. These women who have been abused and neglected. I think about my own teenage niece who has a loving family, is doing well in school, has interests and hobbies and parents that nurture and love her. Even when you have everything going for you, being a teen is tough when you think about it. So then what are this girl's odds of getting out of this situation unscathed given the emotional, psychological and physical trauma she's had to endure at a young age?
|Fun pics from HomeWalkLA 2014 with|
my husband Ned, niece Madi and dear
|What if it really happened? What would you have?|