Fr. Paul Demuth, Board Member
A Choctaw elder tells the story of a lost arrow shot through time which lands in the future. Today, in County Cork, Ireland, stands a monument to the Choctaw people — 20-foot-high steel feathers entitled Kindred Spirits. It is a reminder of an amazing act of generosity back in the 1830s that became the signal of a distant future: today. Read Landing in the Future.
Tom Schumacher and Fr. Paul Demuth, Envision Board members and Housing & Safety Signals Team
“I didn’t want to have, like, any emotion, so I thought, like, the best way to, like, put it down would be to do more and more and more drugs.”
So begins the opening convocation in a “recovery high school” in Denver, as one student faces his peers and begins the morning’s dialogue. This is one of 43 such institutions, part of a national nonprofit called Association of Recovery Schools, seeking to empower hope and success in students facing substance addiction, to “live a substance-free life while receiving an education.”
Fr. Paul Demuth, Envision Board member and Housing & Safety Signals Team
January’s “Point in Time” count of homeless persons in Green Bay discovered 41 unsheltered persons living on the streets — the highest winter number counted in three years! People who are chronically homeless often deal with long term mental health and addictive behaviors, and the traditional shelter models do not address the needs of this population. Recent research has pointed to a possible solution: peer-run housing. It works like this: a small group of apartments is staffed by formerly homeless persons certified as “peer specialists.” Unlike the traditional “case management” model, peers work with these residents at their own pace to develop the confidence and skills needed to become healthy and, eventually, live independently. The Brown County Homeless and Housing Coalition have approved this model as a concept and are looking for a sponsor to implement it for the Green Bay area.