We are the helpers
Every time there is a mass shooting, natural disaster or other traumatic event, I see this Fred Rogers quote:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
In light of the Orlando shooting, the largest in US history, I’d like to remind you, my fellow social workers and social work enthusiasts, that WE are the helpers. We are the ones who volunteered after 9/11, after Hurricane Katrina, after Aurora, Sandy Hook, Fort Hood, Charleston, and we are volunteering at this moment at the Orlando LGBT center. We converge with our counseling knowledge, bottled water, and love hoping to ease some of the pain, chaos and stress.
We are the helpers, and I love us for it.
This work is hard. It is exhausting and it is often overwhelming– it is the work of being healers and bringing hope.
Stay helpful, friends. Give time, blood, good vibes, prayers and consensual hugs .
Go out and create hope and healing.
Go out and help.