I have a question for anyone who lives in Rapid City, SD.
How does someone who needs help to escape poverty and be safe find help?
You see, I live almost 2000 miles away, in Massachusetts, and I have no idea what resources are available in your area. I have visited Rapid City several times to visit friends. It was the first place I truly encountered racism in a long time. I’m white – my friends are Oglala Lakota. I was treated differently by waitresses and store clerks when I was in their company.
Now I’m sure the whole city of Rapid City can’t be racist. There has to be someone in your city that would want to and have the resources to help a struggling family find some stability in their lives. They need jobs that give them a living wage and allow them the time they need to supervise 3 teenaged daughters as well as complete their own educations. They don’t want to be given everything on a silver platter. They’re willing to work and learn to manage their own lives successfully. They just don’t know where to start. They need someone to mentor them to a new life.
So come on, Rapid City! Surely there is at least one person in the city who can help them out. Why does it have to be some old lady in Massachusetts begging for help? You can read my prior posts if you want more info on the experiences of this family. They have been many. The parents need to find safe. affordable housing and jobs. The kids need alternative schooling. They need adequate health care. They need support so dad can continue college and mom can finish her GED.
The only way you can reach them is through me. Just send a comment to me and we’ll go from there. I have been praying for God’s inspiration in how to get this family enough help to make a difference. After listening to me whine and complain about the unfairness of it all, God planted an idea – ask you all in Rapid City. I would have told Him He was crazy, but you just don’t do that with God, right? So I gave Him the kind of answer you get from teens when you ask them to do something they don’t want to do – Okay… I guess I could try that this time . . . if you really think it’s worth the time…… whatever……
So I’m waiting, Rapid City. It will be interesting to see which side of Rapid responds.