Neighborhood Opportunity Network

Supporting one another in a time of crisis

How do we take care of each other?

Posted by anhptran on February 17, 2011

Before our scheduled session on Tuesday, Vincent had called to let everyone know about his absence. He was in the emergency room at Holy Cross hospital. In the spirit of mutual support and accountability, Vincent called to share his story with the group.

Instead of the scheduled mutual support session, our check-ins became a time to build relationships, sharing our most vulnerable stories, and struggles. Through these stories, we discovered the shared struggles among over diverse cohort.

Given the challenges, we recognized the amazing support system in the circle. Keysha, eight-months pregnant, shared her energy and enthusiasm around a new job training program in healthcare.

Most importantly, we recognized how to give and receive help from each other, tapping into our network in Wheaton. By the end of the evening, we recognized that the values and habits of  a successful  worker are similar to those of a successful person: someone who is not afraid to ask for help, someone who stays positive, someone who follows through with commitments.

Next week, we’re excited to reconvene with the larger Wheaton network at Tuesdays Together. Vincent vowed to show up next week (given good health). By the time I talked to him, he was in good spirits, having had conversations with Barbara and Lyn in the last 24 hours, two other network members in the circle.

 

 

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