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Que Sera! Sera!

Que Sera! Sera!
Read Between the Lines

By Ronnie Barbett

When it comes to homelessness and the many reasons that led to a person or persons ending up in that situation… it is nice (comforting) to know that there is a system in place that’s set up to help assist those in need until their problem is no longer. The down and out individuals start dealing with caretakers whose sole purpose is to provide solid resource options to one’s suffering the pitfalls associated with homelessness. The homeless are served by these organizations funded by authorities who set a time frame that’s reasonable, for all who are experiencing the homeless dilemma. I know that the best intentions are in everyone’s capabilities. Having faith mixed with good luck sometimes doesn’t hurt either.

Most programs are put out there to work and there is proof that they work. I hope that no one is insulted by someone’s suggestion that they, the people in charge of the programs, do more. If someone suggest that they, the people working for these organizations, aren’t doing good enough…don’t be insulted by opinions thrown at you simply because someone’s disappointed at the service an organization is giving. When the pressure is on to be successful at what you do, that’s when new and better ideas come into being. Even an old ideas can save the day. There are many reports out and about on “issues,” and surveys are done to get even a more detailed ideas about an “issue.” The solutions toward an “issue” is put on an agenda, which means discussions that fine tune the “issue” in question…hopefully creating a resolution…and blah! blah! blah!

After a few more meetings, you have an answer to the problem or you prepare to engage in further study of the “issue.” While studying the “issue” you get more advice, more info, more suggestions. that lead to a winning formula. I hope that everyone survives homelessness to see that day.

Until that day comes, there you are running around fulfilling contract obligations, appointment/deadlines, following all the leads handed to you from someone looking out for your best interest. Please do as you’re told, when you are told. Your file folder is full of paperwork detailing your attempts. Your counselor is busy…on the phone working for you, going all out. Make sure you fit that time frame…when your time is up due to whatever (lack of caring, funding, resource options depleted), or it’s your fault…then it’s over. You have no choice but to stop, back-up, take a badly needed break, then later try again! If you are still homeless after all you’ve been put through and you honestly have it your best shot, settle down. Think about it! Sometime went wrong. Go to your nearest poster shop, buy the “Murphy’s Law” poster and say “Que Sera! Sera!”


About Operation Welcome Home

OWH is a group of homeless people in Madison, WI and their allies organizing around the root causes of homelessness- racism, poverty, and criminalization. We are fighting for housing, jobs, and an end to the criminalization of poverty.


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