A RESPONSE TO the 2019 Stillwater Area Great Idea Foundation
The following response and was submitted, but not selected by the 2019 Stillwater Great Idea Foundation. However, the process of putting this idea in writing was hugely beneficial. I still believe this is a great idea. The recent overdose of another young man, once again shocks the same nerve. With compassion and concern, it seems like this is something worth pursuing. At the service, attended by hundreds, it was difficult to ask the devastated parents “is there anything I can do?”. In my heart, I wish I had asked earlier. Candidly, they reveal the secrecy of their son’s struggles with addiction. Certainly, he was and is not the only one. Many share his same darkness. The father stated that he kept questioning, “what good can become of this?”. He shared his answer, and that is awareness. The halfway cafe is about awareness. It is about uncovering the darkness. It is about finding a place to shine, and sharing the light with others.
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