In the midst of so much uncertainty, so much fear, I see so much good.
There is good in the essential work that must continue. Not a minute passes without the heart of our communities rapidly beating to serve others. Our first responders, health care workers, gas station attendants, grocery store clerks, maintenance professionals, janitorial workers … they show us the good every day. We know that’s truly only the tip of the iceberg.
There is good in families who are spending more time together. I see them riding bikes together, brothers tossing the football in the front yard, and blocks of chalk art drawn by children jumping in to do their part to spread joy. Indeed this time will be permanently etched in a child’s memories much like some of us remember other historical events.
But families are also carrying the overwhelming stress, anxiety and strain caused by unexpected job losses, unpaid bills and – now – multiple kids at home 24/7. They are seeking calm in the storm.
For them, there is good in the unsung heroes. Hidden amongst all this good who fly a bit more under the radar … the child welfare case managers and child protective investigators who protect vulnerable children. The home visitors who support struggling families. The counselors who provide literal lifelines to children coping with mental illnesses. Children’s Home Society of Florida has more than 1,000 of these professionals who wake up each day to serve those in need. And there are thousands more throughout our state,
With CHS, families can find the stability, guidance and practical tips they need to make it through another day. They find the compassionate listener who offers the advice that gives them hope for today, steps for success tomorrow.
These unsung heroes are also on the front line. Many can connect with children and families through technology, but some simply don’t have access – yet they desperately need support. Prior to the statewide stay-at-home order, our professionals canvassed local neighborhoods to make sure those in greatest need knew help was available – and how to access it. They held open-air visits with families struggling to comprehend their new normal. They provided the familiar comfort so many needed as their world was tossed into upheaval.
To all of our heroes, the first responders, the families and the unsung heroes, thank you.
The good will always shine through the shadows. And there is so much good shining in our communities.
Originally posted by: The Daytona Beach News Journal