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Ministry of Presence
Through all the chaos of the shelter with trying to help residents meet goals, keep the program running by the rules, and doing our day to day work I’ve found being present is most important. Taking time to have coffee with a resident, play with the kids, or talk about why they are having a hard time following the rules instead of jumping to conclusions. Hearing someone and investing is the important thing in the long run.
–Elaine La Van, US-2, 2012

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