Aunt Bertha wants to recognize the complete humanity of each person we engage. Whether that person is at a low point in their life, a social worker, a volunteer, or someone who just needs a hand up. Helping someone doesn't mean that we get the right to judge. Actually, helping is our purpose and mission and we should be grateful to share whatever resource we have to give.
AB is launching in the next couple weeks and we are nervous. Most of the team has seen firsthand what helping can be and become in crisis situations. Especially if we are not careful and compassionate. The challenge is this: how do you help someone without judging who they are or where they come from? Diversity can be this obscure concept of "we love everyone the same" instead of truly honoring the culture and truth of whoever we encounter.
We have decided to make our community of people, friends.
Not customers, clients, or patients, but friends. People we can connect with on an intimate level. People we can trust. People we can share struggles and successes with. Aunt Bertha is our company name, but the hope is that people will see human connection and not an online service.
Service is our Mission.Human Connection the goal.
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What do you say to a career drug dealer on the first day of intervention?
"How could you?... Your evil... You NEED TO CHANGE NOW... You are destroying people's lives."
Yeah, good luck with that.
If social work school taught me anything, it is this. You begin with what people do great.You talk about his entrepreneurship.
You then talk about how he can re-direct his energy to other ventures.
Blaming does not work. No matter how criminal or difficult.
When we start with the strengths of a community, a person, or an organization we no longer have to start from a place of weakness and shame,
"Look at me.. I'm such a terrible drug dealing stupid person".
This can sometimes, work. But, its low energy and doesn't last long.
Building on strengths is hard work. It requires you to look for the light no matter how dark.
It requires trusting that someone can do better.
It requires being honest and hopeful all at once.
If you do this already for your clients or customers. Congrats.
Now, apply it to your family and co-workers.
Change starts at home.
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