“Stories from the Field” is a bi-weekly series of articles written by Safe Harbor staff members who work tirelessly in the field to serve the needs of children, families, and individuals throughout Coastal Georgia.
The Rubber Band
Authored by Jessica Kennedy, Homeless Management Information System
Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from adversity. I think of resiliency as a rubber band. It can stretch and return to its shape. Sometimes the resiliency rubber band stretches and retracts causing fissures, weakens, and snaps, breaking the complexity of resiliency. Some may believe a break in resiliency is the end, but a rubber band can be tied together and still hold.
In January 2022, I received a call from a gentleman living in a storage shed with no water, electricity or “comforts of home”. He had found Safe Harbors contact information with another agency. After completing the intake process, Safe Harbor provided the client with shelter through the Hotel-Motel Voucher program. The client had many medical and mental health concerns: kidney failure requiring fifteen hours of dialysis per week, bi-polar disorder, and addiction. The client had a criminal history with convictions and received just over $800 a month in social security disability insurance. The client had many barriers to overcome.