Our society seems to possess a plethora of problematic misconceptions about homelessness. Especially in Denver, where this population is so large, we can’t afford to continue to write them off as irresponsible people incapable of taking care of themselves. Many of these women are experiencing homelessness as a result of being victimized by the rise of rent in the Denver area or because they have left circumstances of domestic abuse, which, in both cases, could happen to anyone.
One of the things that attracted me to Regis was its emphasis on education through service and community involvement. As a middle-class person with the privilege of higher education, I can never fully comprehend what it means to be homeless, but The Gathering Place allows me to deepen my understanding of this issue and grow in my belief in the importance of all members of our society being adequately taken care of and provided for.
This support is a great need and, if in our present societal paradigm, we cannot fulfill this need, it is clear it is necessary we do some collective reevaluating. Furthermore, if I, personally, was aware of the difficulties these women experience and did not do some small part in easing these challenges, I would also need to do some serious re-evaluating.
Creating bonds with the women at The Gathering Place is not something I do because they need me, but because, in having the ability to make some small difference in their lives, I have an obligation to do so. Through my time spent with these women, my passion for social justice and my belief in human dignity has greatly deepened, for which I feel such gratitude towards these women.