Posted by meganmoriarty on February 11, 2010
So the weather over the past week has forced us to change a number of planned Neighbors Campaign activities in Wheaton (a weekend of door knocking, Tuesdays Together, a Neighbors Exchange)…
As Luis and I have called folks to let them know about these changes, we’ve been more interested in finding out how they are dealing with the storm. Like Terri Lee Freeman of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region blogged about earlier this week, crippling snow storms are more than an inconvenience for many of our neighbors.
For many of our friends this week was not a paid vacation.
Like Martha up in Aspen Hill — she’s been at home all week taking care of her daughters and hasn’t been able to get out and keep looking for a job.
And Yamileth hasn’t been able to get to her job all week…she’s hopeful she can get there tomorrow.
Or Alpha who was forced to go out in the blinding snow twice yesterday to drive family members to their jobs since there was no public transportation available!
For others, they found ways to help their neighbors and make a little cash at the same time — but their long-term employment situations are not solved.
For instance, Miguel who luckily has a four-wheel drive vehicle and was out on Tuesday looking for work clearing driveways and roofs. But he just dropped by the office because he’s still searching for a full-time job and needed to use our internet since the libraries are closed again today…
Amazingly, these same people are spending their Saturday afternoon to go out door knocking to tell more neighbors about the Campaign.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in a few days at Tuesdays Together at Catholic Charities at 6pm, so we can check in with all our neighbors and keep supporting each other!