Yesterday I stopped into a resale shop I had never been to. Remember I needed clay pots? They had some in the window! I started to talk to one of the employees. She informed me that they were a small non-for-profit shop taking in donations. They use the money to help young pregnant teens in the south1side of Chicago. I thought how lovely an idea this is. So many people get wrapped up with one side or the other of this issue politically they forget none of this is helping the situation. They waste so much time & energy arguing which could be used in much better ways.
They have been open since the fall & their next phase is to provide training in work-skills & computers for the teens. Of course this got a "Oh Really?!" from me! I can't think of anything better to do, than empower young people who do not feel they have or deserve the power which is available to all of us when we are born! And I for one do believe that every child born on this planet was put here by God & has a purpose & a reason for being here... but that may just be me?!
I spoke to the owner a few minutes later & we exchanged business cards! She stated they wanted to give these girls options they did not think they had & I'm all for that. In my previous entry on Amusement Parks I mentioned did my internship in the Human Resource Department. I was the head of a program which hired at risk teens. They didn't have criminal records or anything because that would be an issue in hiring them but they were at-risk to have this type of future. I had one 19 yr old female had no children, all others were under 16 & had at least 1, many 2 children already! The males lived in areas with gangs etc & for these teens they did not see the hope. They thought why should I work so hard...it won't matter. Everyday you prayed all of them would be on the bus. It was very gratifying to think you can make a difference in their lives. I wish I knew what happened to them, even just making a difference in one life is worth all the time & energy.
I did ask if it was affiliated with any particular religion. I'm spiritual but I'm not one to ram religion down people's throats & I would hope this idea of love & hope would be available for all. She told me anyone is welcome!
I wanted to post this wonderful place in hopes it may inspire someone to just try if you have an idea which you think may help and perhaps you might like to donate something to the cause or your time in training. Maybe it is a one time thing during the holidays or maybe more consistantly...whatever you can do! Perhaps we need a blog which just enters each day great services to people for awareness? Hmmm! :-)
The Find Resale Shoppe
15625 S. 94th Ave.
Orland Park, IL 60462