Friday, April 16, 2010


Having shelter is one of the necessities of life. I stayed in a friend’s basement during a tough period in my life. (It was better than it sounds; it was furnished with a TV and had a private bathroom). I also spent summers with extended family members, who, ironically, were foster parents at one time.

But not everyone has friends or family to rely on when life gets rough. That’s why HAVEN, in Pontiac, is one of the first nonprofits I chose to volunteer with.

HAVEN provides resources and shelter to victims of domestic and sexual violence. It also aims to better educate the public on these issues, which continue to plague our homes and communities.

With the help of a friend, I will put on a family game night of Bingo complete with prizes and snacks tonight. I’m nervous. Bingo doesn’t exactly get my blood pumping, but I’m hoping the kids and parents won’t find it too lame. I already stocked up on snacks and juice boxes, and picked up some prizes for the kids.

Let’s just hope the B in Bingo ends up standing for a blast instead of boring.

1 comment:

  1. Good for you!
    I salute you for your initiative in this project.
    What I am most interested in is your personal impact during and from your experiences. Here's what I mean: If I want to find out what benefits an organization provides for its clients (participants, recipients, etc) I can check their web site if I just want a basic rundown in a few words.

    If I want to find out what volunteering might do for me I can get that answer at any of those sites plus my church, the township offices, United Way, and many, many more.

    You, our heralded blogger, can give us the real, first hand personal feel of your undertakings. Insight? Understanding? New perspectives? And if so, what are they?

    And what do the people you contact get out of your activism? Relief? Education? Sustenance? Hope? A friend that lasts for more than a bingo game? Actually, what do they need that you or I can provide?

    Please help us all better understand.