~ Guiding the dying home ~ One heart, One family, One community at a time.
The following quote on homeless women in California was written by Gale Hollandon October 28, 2016. It is with much gratitude that we share it with you now and encourage you to take a moment to read it in its entirety by clicking on her name.
"Homeless women face staggering levels of violence, in shelters and homeless housing as well as on the streets. A survey released this week by the Downtown Women’s Action Coalition, a consortium of service providers and advocates, found that nearly half of skid row women had been attacked in the previous 12 months; more than a quarter of them were sexually assaulted. “So many stories of the knife coming through the tent and ripping it open,” said Cynthia Ruffin, a downtown resident and secretary of the women’s coalition. “Women at the bus stop circled by men like sharks.”Several forces are driving the surge, advocates and researchers say: soaring rents, domestic violence and the graying of the homeless population.
The Heart of Dying Project is a budding non-profit in the early stages of creating a social hospice dedicated to providing compassionate end of life care for homeless women. As we continue in our mission of creating compassionate communities of care we will train and house displaced women as end of life companions. By working in partnership with local rehabilitation programs we will thoroughly screen our candidates. By empowering women in need with a merit based scholarship and safe nurturing housing they in turn must commit to a year of service and residency within the social hospice.
Our goal is to begin training end of life companions, purchase a duplex to house the residents and interns and be well on the way to serving the homeless, marginalized women of Ohio by late 2019.
At the center of our Social Hospice Model is the spirit of community and our belief in building compassionate circles of care. By setting up home in small residences, nestled within neighborhoods, it is our hope others might sustain similar models while throughout the country.
Is this a tall order ~ Many will say yes! We say anything is possible One heart, One family, One community at a time.
Adaire Petrichor, CH EOLD CEO Connecting Heart 2 Heart LLC Founder of The Heart of Dying Project Author of the upcoming book "Advanced Planning ~ a visual exploration" email@example.com 216.659.7167