Ruth and I had a fantastic opportunity to go to North America, alongside seeing our youngest daughter graduate from Serve Seattle, a charity helping the homeless on the west coast. In Seattle my heart was broken when outside a local mart we met one of Lois’ clients. The best way I can describe him is by referring you to Bubba, from the film Blindside. Some 200lbs and built like a quarterback and initially intimidating. When petite Lois asked if there was anything he needed, he said M&M’s, so Lois went shopping… Whilst she was gone I asked the guy a little about how he came to be in this situation, he told me how he trained as a social worker but had lost his job. As Lois returned with M&M’s I put out my hand to shake his and wish him well, but he wouldn’t. Instead he clasped his hands and bowed his head saying he was keeping it together – he didn’t have the emotional energy or self-esteem to engage. What has western society come to when we walk amongst people in this seemingly hopeless state? We encountered similar issues and stories in Tenderloin, San Francisco and beforehand meeting an ex RAF engineer Ben, with his dog Sox in Nottingham, UK – I knew I had to do something. And so, through Go4DirectAccess Ltd, we’re planning that our NFC gateway brand will create employment through Social Enterprise organisations – starting this quarter in Nottingham.
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