Posted on July 8, 2022 at 3:59 PM by Jessica Harris
Tag(s): SafetyNetIssues, October2021, LIHEAP, CSA
Posted on July 8, 2022 at 3:57 PM by Jessica Harris
Honesty moment. I am an eternal idealist dressed in pragmatic clothing. There are many days, however, as a professional and human that I feel exhausted trying to just think about the solutions necessary to truly “fix” the challenges that face us. The issues of poverty, housing, public safety, education all are so overwhelming that at times it can feel discouraging because it feels impossible to eliminate. This has often made me ponder whether the daily emergency and triage of services that we offer to assist with the symptoms of these massive ills really is helping at all.Luckily, I am frequently reminded of the importance and necessity of creating a system that both addresses the immediate needs and commits to eliminating and preventing the underlying conditions that create these needs. Without first being able to address a family’s needs for housing, utilities, or trauma, how would we ever be able to support interventions for the root causes? Just this week, I received a reminder from a resident that, without the hope that came from the financial assistance for housing that she received, she wasn’t sure if she could keep going. She reminded me that the Division of Community Services is that safety net that gave her what she needed at the time to keep moving towards her goals for her family. She reminded me that this work is 100% necessary and does make a difference.In this month’s issue, I invite you to read about some of the many ways that the Division of Community Services serves as a safety net for Shelby County residents. While this team works hard to create, maintain, and continually improve this safety net, it in no way diminishes our collective effort and passion to be a part of the disruption and eradication of the systems of poverty, inequity, and injustice that create the need for our work. For all of you fellow idealists out there, I hope that this month’s issue reminds you that you can and should commit to both as well. Balancing both makes the impossible a great deal more probable. Keep pushing!Dorcas Young GriffinDirector of the Division of Community ServicesShelby County Government
Tag(s): SafetyNetIssues, October2021, DirectorsMessage
Posted on July 8, 2022 at 3:54 PM by Jessica Harris
The word, honor, includes selfless service as a part of its definition. That leads us to these questions: What is honor without service? What is service without optimism? With the celebration of Veterans Day in our rearview mirror, who is better to quote about honor or service than the late Colin Powell? He stated that “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” There is honor in optimism. Imagine a soldier in the landmine-ridden fields of Cambodia not believing in themselves, their purpose or believing they will make it out. Perpetual optimism is constantly believing conditions will improve and that the future must be brighter.
Tag(s): Optimistic, OJI, November2021, COAP