In response to my post related to the abrupt termination of the Work Advantage Program, the BoogieDowner has received multiple comments from tenants and landlords devastated by the programs elimination. Though many were heart felt and informative, the following particularly affected me due to the writer’s reference to her having suicidal thoughts and the death of her children.
“Hello everyone, I feel so hurt and betrayed. I have two beautiful boys that I feel we will never make it in this world....I have been having thoughts. I have no education; I have been working for minimum wage living in a basement apartment with no child father. I'm a single parent now. I will soon be homeless. I can't do it again; I have been raped beaten and now will be homeless again. I am only 20 years old. I hope they do something soon before they have 3 less people to think about..........”
I do not know the mother who sent me the above e-mail, nor do I know how to contact her, since her post was anonymous. I also will not pretend that I would contact her if I did have her e-mail, since I would not know what to say or how to provide her with professional guidance. I assume she is not the only one since 17,000 vouchers were abruptly terminated. Besides this post, I do not know what else I can do to help.
The photos below were taken in the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Manhattan. Most of the photos include believers’ queuing to confess and receive communion or kneeling in prayer. The final photo shows parishioners lighting candles and praying to the Orthodox Saint Matrona of Moscow. She lived during Stalin’s reign, when anyone who believed in any religion was persecuted. She lived most of her life homeless and destitute due to her never denouncing her faith in God or a higher power.
For anyone interested in more information about the life of Eastern Orthodox St. Matrona of Moscow, here is a Wikipedia link with some information about her.
For anyone interested in sending photos of their house of worship or any other photo they believe to be inspirational, please do send to Boogiedowner@gmail.com.