Monday, May 22, 2006

Adopt-A-Block

Saturday morning found us at the headquarters of Second Chance, a non-profit organization providing cutting-edge programs that eliminate chronic homelessness and unemployment, substance addictions and gang involvement. The plan is to have hundreds of volunteers descend upon homes and spend some time doing yard work, painting, clearing brush, repairing fences… whatever needs to be done. Our assignment was painting a sober-living group home run by Second Chance. (Actually, I think our assignment was planting trees near the headquarters, but we were confused by our instruction packet and thought we were supposed to be painting.)

Anyway, we had a great time, and Ric and I say thank you to our co-workers, Angela and Donna, and our friends, Debbie, Zach, and Jesse, for making the day a lot of fun. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a chance to be in charge of 25 people armed with rollers, brushes, tape and plastic? More importantly, thanks to the residents who remind us that everyone deserves a second chance. Veronica, Catherine, and Derrick worked harder than anyone, painting and cleaning and doing everything they could to improve their home. You are all great, and I wish you the best as you go forward in this life.

And in a side note, I want to send a heartfelt “F*ck You” to the slime assigned to do community service who decided instead to steal my camera while we were painting the house. I can easily replace my camera (hello, Ebay!), but you insulted the residents of the house who are trying so hard to rebuild their lives. As one of them said to me, “he stole from us, too, from our home.”

Yeah, you can take the camera, but that’s just a thing. What you cannot take is what you will never have - the sense of pride and accomplishment the residents felt after a hard day of work on their home.