Letter to Self
1000 S. Grand Avenue,
Utah, CA 90015,
May 3, 2018.
I am writing this letter hoping that few years down the line as you read it you will remember just how far you have come and whether or not your dreams have been realized. Today was my last day working as a volunteer for my CEL project. It is an experience that I shall live to cherish because working with the homeless people in Utah opened my eyes to avenues that I did not know existed.
Many at times individuals are ignorant of the fact that not everybody is as privileged as we are, to live a comfortable life and get a good education. By working at the site, I become more conscious about the issues affecting the community and learned that I am driven by the need to help others. Seeing how much impact a simple action such as using plastic bags to make blankets can generate for the needy in our community and the environment has challenged me to simply do better. I realized that conservation of the environment and preservation of human life indeed goes hand in hand. Therefore, as I complete my course in public health, it is my desire that 5 years after, I should have developed and championed several programs geared towards helping the needy and conserving the environment.
Despite the fact that a majority of those affected by poverty were African Americans, other races were also affected, which helped me to be more culturally conscious. Rather than stereotyping homeless people, especially those of African American origin, and looking at them as lazy, too dependent, or thieves, according them the same opportunities as other members of the community was key to doing away with stereotypic ideals and racial bias because when given the opportunity, they can prove to be productive (Bertrand 2).
My CEL project was an eye opener to the fact that plastic bags are not the only useful materials often dumped by people. There are other valuable such as utensils, furniture, old toys, clothes, beddings, and electronics which are often disposed from household. It is my understanding that there exist charitable organizations dealing with such items. Their integrity and efficiency is, however, questionable because our community so far has to been reached out to. The members of the community, therefore, need to step in and help in whichever way they can. By beginning locally, it would then be easier to branch further as the resources grow.
During my time as a volunteer at the site, the most important lesson I learned is that there are many ways we can help the needy in our communities. One does not need to be rich to be charitable. The greatest impact can be accomplished by making use of simple things that nature has already provided. The idea that the needy need money to survive has blinded us for so long .By empowering the needy from the grassroot level, we not only empower them with long lasting skills and knowledge on how to make use of the simple resources that are freely available to us but also give them a purpose to live.
While those with the means and money live comfortably, unaware that some of their actions degrade the environment, the homeless can be actively involved in activities such as making use of bags to make blankets for themselves. In doing so, they not only help themselves but also help conserve the environment, which is what sustains them. Therefore, even as you forge ahead in life, remember the day you discovered your true purpose in life .Let the values you learned and the people whose lives you lit up, be your guide.
Bertrand, Natasha. “Utah found a brilliantly effective solution for homelessness.” Business Insider website 19 (2015).