Executive Director E-News 3.13.15 - What the poor have to carry

Executive Director E-Newsletter

I’ve recently been dealing with a close relative who has spent the past four weeks in the hospital. What began as a relatively simple procedure later resulted in two emergency surgeries. He will recover in time and with continued care. That care is occurring in one of Cleveland’s premier medical institutions and has been outstanding. I couldn’t ask for more caring, attentive physicians, nurses, staff and everyone that we have come in contact with.

I compare that with one of our regular clients. He has had some health issues (not sure what they are.)  Joe (not his real name) hadn’t been around for a few weeks. He showed up in my office two weeks ago asking for a couple of bus tickets. He said that he had gone on Monday to have his catheter bag removed, the result of a recent procedure. The removal of the bag didn’t go as planned so he still had the bag attached. He wanted the bus tickets so he could get to another facility and have them remove the bag. If this facility didn’t remove the bag then he needed the second bus ticket to return to the original facility. Joe’s sister was unable to take him because she couldn’t get off work. It was the same story with his daughter.  Imagine taking a bus to have a medical procedure done.  I did see Joe after the bag was removed and he is fine.

This recent interaction brought to mind a favorite passage from a book I recently read, Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle.  Fr. Boyle, S.J. is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles and has done amazing work with the urban poor and gangs. He says:

“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.”

I am in awe at what my client had to deal with. Frankly, I am in awe of all of my clients and what they carry. I pray everyday that the world becomes more compassionate toward the poor and marginialized. 

I am pleased to announce WSCC is a Community Partner for the 39th annual Cleveland International Film Festival.  The CIFF will be taking place March 18-29 at Tower City Cinemas.  As a Community Partner, WSCC is supporting the Russian film, Marussia.  This warm and beautiful film is about a Russian mother and daughter who must face the realities of homelessness in Paris.  Our support of this film includes the opportunity for WSCC to speak at the start of each showing of Marussia and have an information table outside the theater.  

Marussia will be showing on:     
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 5:05PM 
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11:45AM
If you are interested in purchasing tickets to see this film, or any other film, or for more information regarding the Cleveland International Film Festival you can go to CIFF’s website www.clevelandfilm.org.  We hope to see you at the movies!