All said I’m still considering because i honestly have 0 faith that anyone else will be substantively better since I haven’t found anyone willing to work w me on trauma in the past two years. But I wish there were some other reasonable option that didn’t make me feel kinda humiliated and like I’m not a real person

A soup kitchen disguised as a restaurant is making a big difference in Kansas City.
The restaurant-style Kansas City Community Kitchen is a completely new way to feed those in need.

Say goodbye to trays, buffets, and waiting in lines to eat at a regular old soup kitchen.

When you step inside the Kansas City Community Kitchen today, a greeter shows you to a table. Volunteer waitstaff takes your order after you’ve had time to look at the menu and see what the culinary team has been cookin’ up. The options are healthier and quite creative, like an episode of Food Network’s “Chopped,” but with the ingredients available to the kitchen that day.

Diners are encouraged to leave reviews of their service and requests for what they’d like to see on the menu. Have health, dietary, or religious-observance needs? No sweat.

“We are trying to flip the photo of what a soup kitchen looks like,” Mandy Caruso-Yahne, director of community engagement at Episcopal Community Services (ECS), told Upworthy. 

But feeding those in need isn’t the only way the kitchen is helping. They’re training others too.

Through the program, students work their way up to cooking in the kitchen and providing suggestions for the menu and dishes they prepare. They develop knowledge and confidence in a variety of ways that help them continue down a path in the food industry once they’re finished with the program.

As one diner named Brian put it, 

“They’re treating me good, like they don’t know I’m homeless.”

And that’s exactly the point.


My super-conservative devout Mormon parents (and society in general) have made a lot of progress toward acceptance since I first came out 11 years ago, and I’m genuinely grateful and impressed. But at the same time, I still feel a lot of hurt, and anger, and frustration at how far they (and society) still have to go. Sometimes it can be difficult to find balance between those extremes. It’s been mostly anger this week.

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威厳 #限度 w/いぬちょき 〜 おきゃむら

Dignity #limit w/いぬちょき 〜 おきゃむら

Just eat what you want, no need to hold back.

No, I feel bad.

This and this… and this… and this…

We need to give each other the space to grow,
to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity.
We need to give each other space so that we may both
give and receive such beautiful things as ideas,
openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.

Gratitude Love Brother ~DarkAngelØne


Pieter Ten Hoopen: Portraits of Sudanese refugees (2015)

via agencevu: In a clinic settled in a refugee camp of the suburb of Khartoum, Pieter Ten Hoopen made the portraits of Sudanese, patients or staffs, far from the non-stop war.

Since the 1960’s, Sudan has never met peace. After South Sudan declared its independence in 2011, the situation has got worse, especially into the new State and in the Darfur. Around 35 millions people fled the violences. Among them 2.5 millions found shelter in camps in the fringes of Khartoum.

Mayo camp is one of these camps. 250,000 refugees are now living there, most of them coming from South Sudan or Darfur. The worrying conditions of living and the promiscuity are threats for the health and for the most fragile refugees.
Inside the camp, a clinic has been founded in 2005 by the Italian NGO “Emergency” that takes care of Mayo’s children. Physicians cure and examine around 50 children every day. Many Sudanese work there as office staff, physician or cleaner.

This is precisely that kind of human diversity that Pieter Ten Hoopen intended to catch. The photographer has opened an ephemeral studio. Patient, child waiting for some treatments, supervisor or staff,… The studio offers them a rest, and promotes an alternative way of looking the reality inside those refugee camps. White background, perfect light, serious and dignified faces. A moment of dignity for the victims, a moment of honour for those who protect them.

The sad thing about it though, is that people should not have to be healthy in order to deserve to be treated with human decency and respect and not have to live their lives stigmatized, bullied, marginalized, and shamed. People are deserving of equality and respect regardless of if they are healthy or not.

(via fatoutloud)

—  (via fatoutloud)
You know I was there for you every single moment. You weren’t there when I really needed you. You preferred someone else when you had the choice. You better not come back to me with a broken heart and ask for my love, because I’m not going to heal you. I learned from you. You don’t deserve me. I once loved you and you pushed me away. I’m not a game you can have me and then throw me away. Nope. My dignity comes first. I’m not coming back!!! I moved on.
—  Mahmoud El Hallab