Mercy Council Presentation: Learn How We Serve
A very special thank you to Dr. Brian Klausner, Dr. Derrick Hoover, and Mark Swallow for sharing their time and expertise with our community for the first Mercy Council Virtual Presentation, Learn How We Serve. This session addressed the issue of homelessness in Wake County and the work of Oak City Cares.
Dr. Brian Klausner has looked to Mother Teresa of Calcutta as an inspiration for understanding how to deal with the very complicated reality of homelessness. “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat,” Mother Teresa said.
Dr. Klausner recalls one homeless man who told him, “When you are homeless, 60 percent of people treat you with pity, 40 percent with disdain, but nobody interacts with you like a normal person. That is what bothers me the most.” Mother Teresa’s response would be, “Today, it is very fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately, it is not fashionable to talk with them.”
Where to get started?
Oak City Cares envisions a community where all people can access stable housing and their human dignity, worth, and rights are respected. On South Wilmington Street, OCC is a services hub for connecting individuals and families at risk of, or currently experiencing, homelessness to coordinated services that create a path to stable housing and renewed hope.
How can we help?
Please stay tuned for future supply drives and events directed toward serving our neighbors throughout the community. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Mark Swallow, Oak City Cares Project Coordinator.
Please watch the full presentation: