To be marginalized is to be "relegated to an unimportant or powerless position within a society or group".
Clients who 'fit' this definition (according to society, NOT us) are people who have mental health issues, people with disabilities, people who have a criminal history, people who are financially poor, people in generational poverty.
We work with all and hope to serve any who ask.
We often have calls from individuals who are dealing with a mental illness. Recently we spoke with a younger person who has children and is in need of assistance in several ways. What are some wise ways we can help this one to move forward? How much 'ownership' do we take and how much do we require of this one?
We received another call from an older person who may or may not be delusional. How should we help this one, who is perhaps not wanting assistance? Is this person safe? Is the dwelling safe?
A different call came from a woman we've assisted over the years. Often her requests are for food and help with cleaning. Sometimes we do take food, only to find out she really has quite a lot in her kitchen. We never want anyone to be hungry. Perhaps as a child this client never had enough food? Maybe we need to explore 'triggers' about this with her?
We received a call from another person who just wanted to talk. And talk. And talk some more. What does kindness require?
Healthy boundaries are critical in dealing with anyone, including people who may look like and feel like they live 'marginally' compared to their neighbors.
CHURCH! How are we addressing the very real needs of these people whom God dearly loves?
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly, defend the rights of the poor and needy." Proverbs 31:8-9.
Pray BOLD prayers. Ask GOD that each would know and live in His abundant grace and mercy. That each would know and feel His extravagant love for them. That each would choose to make wise decisions.
AND, pray that people who already know and love God will choose to walk alongside these brothers and sisters . . . that they would have real people in their lives to whom they can impart Truth and Love as we walk this journey together.