“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”
We have learned in our 7 years of working with our homeless friends that to have someone listen to them means more than items we provide for them.
Each and every one has something on their minds and hearts they want to share, and often they are shrugged off by others, whether it be alack of time, or in knowing that the person is dreaming or making it all up.
I am thankful that we in Hearts have a Co Founder such as Angie, she goes out of her way to get them talking to her, to tell her their story, and she LISTENS to them. If they ask for her opinion she will tell them, and sometimes she has to practice tough love, with an opinion they don’t want to hear.
Last night we traveled to Huntsville Alabama, to visit one of our guys who will be having a heart cath today, his street name is Freight Train.
Freight wanted to talk, and we listened. He has a long way to go to get healthy, he is 5 ft 6″ and weighs over 400 lbs. His health and lack of motivation has put him in the position that he can’t stand and walk.
He told us he was ready to get out of the woods, but he didn’t know how. He wanted a place to call his own.
He talked we listened. He opened up about his life, being adopted, and the abuse. Then he grew silent, and covered his eyes for a moment. Other things were discussed that I am not at liberty to mention.
When we knew he was finished talking we let him know that we, Hearts, was there to help him anyway we could.
We had prayer and then we left. I think he found comfort in those 45 minutes or so that we were together.
Sometimes we just need to listen…and speak silently with our hearts
We Believe The Forgotten Shall Be Forgotten No More