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thank you krista tippet & Fr. Boyle whose compassion through service to gangs reminded me of my volunteer street work with a Quaker project for the NYC Bowery homeless, then as a community organizer which led to directing a self help program in the 70's. The homeless, yearning to connect, to belong, were valued, counseled & when stabilized, were encouraged to help the more needy homeless & in the daily duties of running the community multi service center. Many became members, counselors, short order cooks & countermen in the luncheonette, or got jobs in the wider community, or invited on the board of directors. At times, I helped someone directly to shelter or the sobering up station. I felt no separation: the divine light within that person was the same as the one within me. I never felt so whole.
i am grateful to Krista & Fr Boyle.