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Hope and pain through a social worker's eyes

By Martha Hopler

As I head to the home of J. I feel a sense of urgency today is the day. Today is the day I have waited for, for some time. I have waited for the moment she is ready to head to re-hab. I am very aware of the choices I have made to allow her to continue to care for her children while she chooses to use drugs and alcohol to escape the realities of her difficult life.

As the social worker I live in the ever present tension of what is right for her kids and what she wants…. She on her own has finally said, “Yes I will go.”

Volunteers nurture compassion throughout community

Submitted by Kizzie Funkhouser

We are fellow volunteers that serve those in need,

Farmers of hope, we're planting the seeds -

Weeding out obstacles when lives' pathways are blocked.

Standing together, our diverse strands, woven to stalks

Of goodwill and compassion we nurture,

Strong - rooted in belief that every life matters

That dignity and respect have no boundaries or status.

We are young, we are old, yet we are the same

Our vision not of the chore, we see the faces, know names,

Looking for compassionate solutions to gun violence

Submitted by What's Good 206

Why should you care about gun violence?

"It has no race, no creed, no age barriers. If it hasn't affected you yet, it will if it continues."

Stark words from one man interviewed in this array of community voices recorded at an anti-gun violence rally at Seattle's Martin Luther King Memorial Park.

"It needs to be talked about among your family and friends," says a police officer.

Operation Compassion: How to radically change the story

Submitted by What's Good 206

It was a chance encounter with a homeless man that that led University of Washington student Daniel Nguyen to start Operation Compassion last year.

It began when an apparently homeless man, a regular Daniel had seen for weeks, boarded his bus and asked him for spare change. Like many of us, Daniel's first response was, "I don't have any."

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