Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Working where I do – Easter Seals Crossroads – I see people suffering every day. Some by choice, some by the luck of the draw. Some are suffering because of a condition they have no control over. They were born with it. They can’t change that. They have a syndrome, or a condition that just is – what it is. Some made very poor choices. They took that hit of heroin and caused themselves to overdose, they had that drink and drove a car into a wall. They dove into water they knew wasn’t deep enough.

“Easter Seals Crossroads is a community resource working in partnership with children and adults with disabilities or special needs and their families to promote growth, independence and dignity. "

Notice the quote marks? That is what our official website says. And truly that is what we do here. We make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. We provide services here that help people walk, talk, work,speak, and so much more. We have the kindest medical director, the best therapists, outstanding social workers, amazing nurses, people of all walks of life and circumstance all here for the same purpose. To help others.

We don’t make a lot of money. But we are not here for the money. What we receive is more valuable than any coin, worth more than any dollar bill. We receive smiles from folks who genuinely appreciate what we do.

This became so clear to me last week, when one of the people we work with looked at me and said “ THANK you. I don’t know what we would do without you.” He smiled. And he gave me a hug to end all hugs.

That’s currency that I can keep for a life time.

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