Today’s post comes from Joanne in Big Lake
Ours wasn’t the first door she knocked on during a frigid Minnesota evening. Bedraggled, vulnerable but still pretty, 19-yr old Emily showed up on our doorstep, desperately looking for help. How she ended up in Big Lake is a mystery and the last 3 days were a fuzzy high for her. Kicked out of her parent’s house a year before, she was another sad story of a homeless teen with no job, no money, no place to live and an admitted meth amphetamine user. Even her wallet and ID were left somewhere else.
All she had was a phone that had no service or number. She needed a Wi-Fi in order to contact friends via Messenger to find a place to go. My husband happened to be home because he was sick and left work early. I was busy making supper, so Jim answered her knock on the door and brought her into our hearts. I was suspicious, but Jim has a big heart and talked to her to figure out what she needed.
After a several minutes of talking to her, she did not want to see the police or go to the doctor to be checked out. After giving her some snacks, Jim drove her to a nearby Coborns store where they have free public Wi-Fi, and she eventually contacted a trusted friend with a place to stay. I called a youth homeless shelter to find out what else we could do or where she could go. They had an emergency bed available for the night in Brooklyn Park, but we could not make her go.
So Jim drove Emily to her friend’s house in Blaine, listened to her story and showed great kindness with a non-judgmental attitude. I prayed and cried for her and hope for the best for her. Unfortunately, I fear she has a brutal and possibly short life ahead of her until she makes some serious changes.
When have you done a good deed for someone and wondered about the outcome?