Justine cared deeply about the homeless, abused women and the mentally ill. She did one high school Co-op placement in a drop in centre for people who live on the street and another in a shelter for abused women. She completed her 40 hours of community service in a soup kitchen where she served food and conversed with the people who ate dinner there. She didn’t just talk about problems, she took action.
When our assignment for WordPress U 101 was to use a prompt to inspire a post I was immediately ready to write on the topic of Community Service. Justine had her own issues with bipolar disorder and that is why she gave back. She understood that without caring family, friends and the right medication she may have ended up on the streets.
Many people who have mental illness can’t afford prescription drugs and self-medicate with street drugs or alcohol. Their families don’t understand their behaviour and ask them to leave their homes. These issues are huge and why so many people become homeless and in need of community service.
My daughter died in a car accident last year at the age of 29. She served her community well in her short lifetime. I’m writing a book about her life called, “Not My Story To Tell”.
Have you done any volunteering?