April 18, 2015, Prescott Valley- I had the pleasure of helping break down tables and put them, and the chairs away, at a Stand Up for Veterans event, here in this town of 46,000 people, just east of Prescott. I had cleared my calendar for the afternoon, but we were done by 3 PM. I was never so proud of one of my hardest working friends here, as I am today. Her efforts, of over three weeks, paid off handsomely, and the point was made that we, as a community, are caring for all vets. It is a constant, concerted effort, and there has been one common thread throughout all of this: Men and women have worked tirelessly together, with no thought of selves or credit, to get an event started, which will hopefully continue to complement the “Stand Down” event that happens in the Fall, and has been successful for many years, in preparing homeless people for winter.
Of course, much remains to be done in that regard, as we have seen this past winter. Helping those who don’t want shelter, but still want to be acknowledged on a daily basis, is a work in progress. Yavapai County Angels, to which I belong, is a fledgling group that will be able to do more, as time passes. I have enough to do, also, with my Baha’i work, wellness advocacy and teaching, to make the sixteen months after returning from my summer travels a very fruitful time. Speaking of produce, I have some packets of seeds to plant in August, so yard work will be part of the mix.
My client, too, is finally starting to get the picture, and has made great strides of late, in re-establishing his life. He will, very shortly, be back entirely on his own. I know how hard it is to get to that point, and it took my recent accident to fully get me feeling on my own. There is nothing like a concerted effort.