This was a very fulfilling, educational zoom event. I learned about the severity of homelessness within families, including adults and children. I also learned how the Sisters of Charity Foundation work together with other organizations to fund developments for the homelessness. Their mission is to improve the lives of families, woman, and children suffering homelessness. The homeless are without the basic needs of housing, education, employment, and healthcare; SOCF works to provide funding towards organizations to aid the suffering with these basic needs. They provide the aid of housing, taking away the challenging regimes to pass within other locations (example being certain crimes, felonies). Considering the following, SOCF collaborate with other organizations/foundations for the betterment of suffering/homeless within the community (CLE, Cuyahoga, Etc.)
I learned that there are many contributing foundations working towards the goal of ending homelessness and family suffrage. Also, I learned that the SOCF has an annual budget of $450, 000. With the help of other donors, they are able to contribute to more long-lasting organizations for building meaningful developments. Regarding social justice, I learned that we need speakers from and on behalf of the suffering to speak up for the needs of the suffering. Through building relationships, speaking up, and going to a higher power like the state or city, these problems can decrease for the greater good. We need to continue to speak up and research our way to a safe, meaningful community among all.
I enjoyed listening to Angela speak on homelessness and what this organization does to help. I was surprised when she mentioned that it is possible to eliminate all homelessness. Homelessness, to me, is a scary topic to think about because I always feel like there is nothing I can do to help since there are so many people in the world who don’t have a home. This zoom made me understand what social justice is a little better because every person deserves to have a home. Social justice reminds me that a person who maybe does not have a home or enough food has the same rights as a person who has a huge house and an abundance of food. Everyone is equal and we should give back to enable everyone to have a shelter because they deserves one just as much as we do.
One thing that stood out to me was the two feet in action image. I liked how they divided up charity and social justice, because they are different things that rely on each other. This idea helped me understand more about what social justice is; it is not just donating money or time, but it is also determination, legal battles, and persistence to help people that you do not even know. The speaker said that the only way their vision will succeed is if they find “authentic partnership and commitment to a shared goal.” It seems that it is essential to trust partners, investors, and the people you are serving; because if you do not trust the underserved, there is no way you can reliably fix the issues. I thought it was generous that the foundation helps people unconditionally, it gives people a second chance. They will help you no matter what situation you are in.