While you’re warm with your family this holiday season, think of all those who aren’t having quite as good of a time.
It’s no secret that untreated addiction and mental health issues have caused homelessness to become a bigger and bigger problem in our society.
In 2010, Vancouver had a homeless population of 1,715.
By 2019, that number had grown to 2,223, representing a nearly 30% increase.
Before we get into recovery, almost all of us have done some sort of grievous harm to our relationships. We had manipulated, lied and been generally unreliable. Some of us even cheated or stole. Further, there are those among us who had engaged in criminal activity that we almost certainly wouldn’t have done had it not been for our issues.
Getting clean presents an opportunity to wipe the slate clean. We are afforded the opportunity to start fresh, rebuild our relationships and stand tall in the face of uncertainty and insecurity.
We get the chance to get our family back.
Was it your little girl or boy who hadn’t had their father present?
Was it your mom or dad that had to worry about whether something would happen to you?
Was your partner wondering how much more she would be able to take?
While we are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or simply enjoying the holidays, remember that not everyone is as lucky as us.
There are people who are cold outside.
There are people who don’t have family.
There are people whose families want nothing to do with them.
Even at Together We Can, there are many men in treatment who will be away from their families, getting the help they need, so they’ll never have to be alone for another holiday season.
This week, we will be putting together gift baskets so everyone under our care knows they are valued.
These holidays, be grateful for what you have, and remember that others are not so lucky.
We are lucky.