This holiday season, we have much to be thankful for. Our Bailey-Holt House residents still cannot return to their home, but the outpouring of support we have received for our Bailey-Holt House Emergency Fund has inspired us and allowed us to push on in our mission to reopen Bailey-Holt House as soon as possible.
It’s been over three weeks since the evacuation of Bailey-Holt House and the yearning for home grows strong. Early this week, residents were able to go back and retrieve a few things from their rooms. One reminded us that when you’ve been homeless, every leaving is traumatic because you just never know.
I made a pledge last week that I will spend New Year’s Eve with the women and men who live at Bailey-Holt House. I intend to keep my promise. With enough support and funding we can replace our ruined infrastructure and reopen. The holidays are a hard time for many, and to separate them from their community only makes it harder.
Maya Angelou perhaps says it best, “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” It’s time to come home.