A couple of weeks ago I posted about The Blind Side which generated some good discussion in the comments. What caught me off guard were a couple of e-mails that were sent about the post and the hypocrisy in me posting it and advocating the position that I did. Apparently because I haven’t raised any NFL prospects in my house, I ought not speak of such things. Even if that made sense, it is ignorant of the fact that Wendy and I have had someone living in our home for a couple of years after a particularly brutal time in their life. While I never did get a NFL tryout for him or even a scholarship to a major U.S. college, it has been a big change for all of us. It also suggests that perhaps a blog doesn’t tell everything about a person or maybe a search of the archives may be helpful.
The accusations also got to me because one of the things that I have been working on/obsessed with is setting up a safe house for 10 or so teen boys in Saskatoon who need a place to figure out life. We have some emergency facilities at work for keeping youth on an emergency basis. While we are doubling that capacity, it isn’t enough and there are youth who are either on the street or in really awful home situations. It is a complicated and long process which is a ways away an official start let alone finish but I think it is the right thing to do.
While speaking of work, I have some interesting stuff going on right now that will help guys with the transition out of the shelter and into their own place. Saskatoon has a tighter housing market than New York, Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary at 0.4% and if you aren’t making much money, are illiterate, or just feeling overwhelmed, guys tend to end up at flophouses which are called, “shooting galleries” for a reason. I have been in some of them and I almost threw up. My first apartment was a small studio apartment but it was a charming shoe box sized studio and was safe to roam the hallways. The goal is to help guys find safe places they can afford to live on. Having a little extra money in the bank makes a world of difference. I was reading an article from the New Year with the mayor who pointed out that people making $40,000 can’t afford a home in the city which is true. I can’t fix that but I hope to help those making around $20,000 a year a decent apartment.
Outside of work, a group of us is taking some small steps toward create an alternative seminary in Saskatoon. We met Monday and those there had some excellent ideas. It was good. For those of you who have no idea what is so alternative about theological education, check out the Disseminary which was the inspiration for the idea as was the Invisible College in Kingston.
So now you know.